The detection of latent residue tattoo ink pigments in skin using invisible radiation photography

McKechnie, Michelle L., Porter, Glenn, and Langlois, Neil (2008) The detection of latent residue tattoo ink pigments in skin using invisible radiation photography. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 40 (1). pp. 65-72.

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Abstract

The identification of tattoos often provides important forensic information when investigating criminal activity. Tattoos may be used by police intelligence as a source of identification of known criminals. Tattoos may be effaced by laser surgery so that they can no longer been seen by visual inspection of the skin. However, remnants of pigment persist within the dermis. This paper describes a novel technique using infrared photography that can demonstrate the presence of tattoos that have been ablated by lasers. The method provides adequate detail of the tattoo's characteristics to aid in forensic identification. A literature search did not reveal any known methods of detecting latent residue inks after removal or detecting alteration of a pre-existing tattoo.

Item ID: 34051
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-562X
Keywords: forensic science; tattoos; forensic; identification; invisible radiation photography; forensic photography; reflected infrared photography
Funders: University of Western Sydney, Australian Federal Police
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 02:02
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190503 Lens-based Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 100%
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