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Collaborators from the Metropolitan Police, National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), Expert Forensics Ltd, BARTS London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Glamorgan, and Cardiff University have joined forces within the DePICA (DErmatological Patterned Injury Capture and Analysis) Research Group to investigate the image capture and analysis of dermatological patterned injuries, such as bruises, bite marks, burns, and scalds.
When physical abuse is suspected, photographs can be taken to provide an evidential record of the injury and to allow specialists to conduct important pattern comparison analysis to aid essential decision making processes in both peer review and in the court setting.
Please follow this link (Focussing on the Future) to complete a 10-minute questionnaire which has been created to build background knowledge about the current imaging procedures in place. This is presently unknown and in order to achieve optimal imaging standards nationwide we first need to gauge what the current practice is. Your contribution is extremely valuable to ensure a fair representation of experts in the area, and would be greatly appreciated.
The results of everyone's contributions will be compiled (anonymously) to demonstrate the existing state of play with regards to imaging patterned injuries, and will go towards enhancing the future of imaging practice for all. We aim to publish the findings in a leading academic journal relevant to the area, acknowledging your contribution, and will happily send on information with regards to this publication as and when it is available.