Forensic Imaging and Visualization
- Forensic imaging consists of facial approximations, composites of unknown persons, clothing reconstructions, manipulation of decedent photos for public viewing, 3D visualization of skeletal trauma and injuries, and site mapping.
The development of a facial approximation of what the decedent may have looked like prior to death, is completed by using a 3D laser scan of the skull to create a 2D computer generated composite. These images may be based on postmortem or autopsy photographs or reconstructed from skeletal remains. Information generated for the biological profile is used in combination with the unique boney architecture of the skull. Photographic reconstructions of clothing, jewelry, artifacts, or teeth are also possible. These images are given to law enforcement. The images are shown to the public in hopes someone will recognize the victim and call authorities. Approximations or reconstructions are never used to make a positive identification, but rather are used to trigger the memory of someone who knew the victim, thereby creating a presumptive identification.