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3D Digital Body Reconstruction

See also:
Forensic Anthropology Forensic Archaeology Search Assessment and Mapping Service UAVs Walkover Survey Archaeological Excavation 3D Crime Scene Modelling Diatoms Entomology Soil Botany Pollen Bones ID


Using data from medical imaging technologies such as Computed Tomography and Micro Computed Tomography we can use specialist software to visualise external and internal surfaces of the body in detail. This non-invasive technique is a valuable adjunct to traditional methods and is particularly useful when maceration (removal of soft tissues) is not an option (e.g. recently deceased and living individuals), the remains are not available for a physical examination (e.g. cold case reviews, interred remains) and / or the remains are extremely fragile and could be damaged by physical examination (e.g. burnt remains, highly fragmented regions of trauma).

We can use this method in anthropological casework for:

  • Analysis of small bone fragments
  • Biological profile assessment for identification
  • Traumatic injury analysis
  • Taphonomic evaluation (i.e. what happened to the body after death)
  • 3D visualisation and measurement
  • To present graphic evidence in court in a more sanitised manner

We can use this method in mass fatality incidents for:

  • Initial triage (i.e. assessment of the individual recoveries prior to exam)
  • Non-invasive identification and inventory of body parts
  • Early recognition of opportunities for rapid identification, such as:
    • Identifying the most suitable or vulnerable DNA samples
    • Examination of potentially individuating features
  • To present graphic evidence in court in a more sanitised manner