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July 2015
Digital / Imaging / Photography


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Forensic Photography: Getting the Best Shot
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.


Modern techniques in digital photography have facilitated the use of specialized photographic applications in forensic pathology. The need for both capturing accurate details not visible to the naked eye and preserving and archiving photographic images is shared by both forensic and anatomic pathology. Advances in digital technology have enhanced the ability to perform crime scene investigations, record and analyze trace evidence, and present the findings in a visual medium to judge and jury. While the basic premise of many forensic photography techniques is not new, digital technology has markedly reduced costs and increased the speed and efficiency in processing photographic images.

One application of photography that is extensively used in forensics is alternative light source imaging. For example, the use of ultraviolet (UV) or infrared radiation in UVIR photography can reveal hidden details about injury patterns, tattoos for identification purposes, gunpowder residue, and counterfeit money due to the biophysical properties of wavelengths in these areas of the light spectrum. Monochrome cameras (Leica Biosystems®) can optimally document latent fingerprints, footprints, and tire marks due to the increased depth and texture characteristic of black and white images. In addition, the unique tools of high-speed photography have revolutionized ballistic investigations in forensics.


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Photodyne Technologies manufactures top of the line computerized macro photography systems for grossing, pathology, histology and other scientific applications, using high resolution digital cameras. Various models are available, and the company specializes in custom designs, usually at no extra charge. These state of the art macroscopic (gross) imaging units revolutionize the picture taking process in the laboratory. The systems enable even non-photographers to take professional quality photos in seconds. The patented, state-of-the-art systems are used by hundreds of leading hospitals, universities, medical examiner offices and research institutes worldwide. The included proprietary software allows one to take pictures directly from the computer. All attributes of the camera are controllable from the computer as well, and the image is viewable in real time on the screen, allowing adjustments before the picture is taken. The picture is then transferred directly to the computer and is stored on the computer's hard drive for editing, archiving, or email as an attachment like any other image file via the internet. Visit us online at www.photodyne.com or contact us at 800-660-2147 or info@photodyne.com.


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February 2015: Microscopes / Microscopy Products
March 2015: Tissue Processors / Other Histology
April 2015: Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME
May 2015: Computer Software and Systems
June 2015: Diagnostic Testing / Reagents
July 2015: Digital / Imaging / Photography

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October 2015: Laboratories
November 2015: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers
December 2015: Grossing Equipment / Workstations

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