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Hyperspectral imaging applied to forensic medicine
Author(s): Donald B. Malkoff; William R. Oliver
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Paper Abstract

Remote sensing techniques now include the use of hyperspectral infrared imaging sensors covering the mid-and- long wave regions of the spectrum. They have found use in military surveillance applications due to their capability for detection and classification of a large variety of both naturally occurring and man-made substances. The images they produce reveal the spatial distributions of spectral patterns that reflect differences in material temperature, texture, and composition. A program is proposed for demonstrating proof-of-concept in using a portable sensor of this type for crime scene investigations. It is anticipated to be useful in discovering and documenting the affects of trauma and/or naturally occurring illnesses, as well as detecting blood spills, tire patterns, toxic chemicals, skin injection sites, blunt traumas to the body, fluid accumulations, congenital biochemical defects, and a host of other conditions and diseases. This approach can significantly enhance capabilities for determining the circumstances of death. Potential users include law enforcement organizations (police, FBI, CIA), medical examiners, hospitals/emergency rooms, and medical laboratories. Many of the image analysis algorithms already in place for hyperspectral remote sensing and crime scene investigations can be applied to the interpretation of data obtained in this program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3920, Spectral Imaging: Instrumentation, Applications, and Analysis, (14 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.379589
Show Author Affiliations
Donald B. Malkoff, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
William R. Oliver, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3920:
Spectral Imaging: Instrumentation, Applications, and Analysis
Gregory H. Bearman; Dario Cabib; Richard M. Levenson, Editor(s)

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