Human Remains - Another Dimension: The Application of 3D Imaging in the Funerary Contextbrings together scattered literature on the topic, assimilating disparate pieces that relate to the novel use of non-invasive three-dimensional imaging techniques in the forensic context.
All chapters are written by specialists in the field who use these types of imaging techniques within their research, bringing an engaging and comprehensive view that demonstrates the current use of 3D non-invasive imaging techniques using case studies. In addition, the advantages for using such methods, their current limitations, and possible solutions are also reviewed.
- Includes three dimensional imaging techniques presented from a forensics point-of-view
- Written by well-renowned specialists in the field
- Assimilates disparate pieces that relate to the novel use of non-invasive three-dimensional imaging techniques
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1. Context 2. The Rot Sets In: Low-Powered Microscopic Investigation of Taphonomic Changes to Bone Microstructure and its Application to Funerary Contexts 3. Human Bone and Dental Histology in an Archaeological Context 4. "Cut to the Bone: The Enhancement and Analysis of Skeletal Trauma Using Scanning Electron Microscopy 5. The Role of Radiography in Disaster Victim Identification 6. Recording In Situ Human Remains in Three Dimensions: Applying Digital Image-Based Modeling 7. Shedding Light on Skeletal Remains: The Use of Structured Light Scanning for 3D Archiving 8. The Use of Laser Scanning for Visualization and Quantification of Abrasion on Water-Submerged Bone 9. Laser Scanning of Skeletal Pathological Conditions 10. Virtual Reconstruction of Cranial Remains: The H. Heidelbergensis, Kabwe 1 Fossil 11. Pediatric Medicine-Postmortem Imaging in Suspected Child Abuse 12. The Storage and Long-Term Preservation of 3D Data 13. Management of 3D Image Data 14. Ethical Considerations: An Added Dimension
Dr. Thompson is Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, UK. Before coming there 8 years ago, he worked in the Department of Forensic Pathology at the University of Sheffield, and the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. His research looks at how the body changes in the forensic context, while also attempting to make better methods for studying human remains. In this area, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and his third book is due out now. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science & Justice, has a spin-out company making digital tools for teaching and is a National Teaching Fellow. He is a practicing forensic anthropologist who has worked at home and abroad.
Currently completing his PhD in the application of surface scanning in the forensic anthropological context, throughout this period David has published several articles and presented at international conferences in conjunction with 3D imaging. In addition, he has produced the only current guideline for three-dimensional surface scanning with regards to human remains.