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Citation

Kettner M, Schmidt P, Potente S, Ramsthaler F, Schrodt M. J. Forensic Sci. 2011; 56(4): 1015-1017.

Affiliation

Institute of Forensic Medicine, Center of Legal Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt/M, Kennedyallee 104, 60596 Frankfurt/M., Germany. Gratz Simulation, Linsenbergstr. 9, 74189 Weinsberg, Germany.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01764.x

PMID

21470229

Abstract

Rapid prototyping (RP) comprises a variety of automated manufacturing techniques such as selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography, and three-dimensional printing (3DP), which use virtual 3D data sets to fabricate solid forms in a layer-by-layer technique. Despite a growing demand for (virtual) reconstruction models in daily forensic casework, maceration of the skull is frequently assigned to ensure haptic evidence presentation in the courtroom. Owing to the progress in the field of forensic radiology, 3D data sets of relevant cases are usually available to the forensic expert. Here, we present a first application of RP in forensic medicine using computed tomography scans for the fabrication of an SLS skull model in a case of fatal hammer impacts to the head. The report is intended to show that this method fully respects the dignity of the deceased and is consistent with medical ethics but nevertheless provides an excellent 3D impression of anatomical structures and injuries.


Language: en

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