Volunteers with minor injuries needed for forensics study

Female forensic student taking a photograph

Staff, students and general public needed for study.

  • 01 June 2022
  • 4 min read

Volunteers with minor injuries are needed to take part in a study evaluating the use of alternative photographic techniques on enhancing the quality of injury images.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) is currently working with the Metropolitan Police and the Forensic Capability Network to trial four methods of injury mark capture.
Researchers are looking for any volunteers who have recent or historic injuries including but not limited to bruises, scars and grazes to attend a drop in photography clinic to capture the injury using four different photographic methods.
Participants should be aged 18 and over, and exhibit the following injuries or skin conditions on their arms or legs:

  • Bruises
  • Lacerations/cuts
  • Burns
  • Historic scarring and/or burns
  • Other conditions, eg. Eczema, Granuloma annulare

The research is aimed at improving the overall standard and quality of injury images by exploring whether skin types are a factor that affect the visual quality of injury images and to evaluate the effectiveness of different photography techniques (white light photography, cross polarised lights, reflected ultraviolet (UV) and induced fluorescence) when deployed on various skin tones.
The session will be at Forensic Innovation Partnership (6-8 Hampshire Terrace) on campus, and should take around 30 minutes.
If you - or someone you know - have a bump or minor injury and are willing to take part, please contact Dr Paul Smith, SCCJ Lead on Innovation and Director of the Forensic Innovation Centre, at paul1.smith@port.ac.uk.  

Ethics code: SCCJ-926