About Virtopsy

What is Virtopsy

Virtopsy began at the turn of the millennium as multi-disciplinary applied research project to implement imaging modalities from diagnostic radiology and surveying technology in forensic sciences. Since then, the Virtopsy approach has become a standard procedure in forensic investigations. Today, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical 3D surface scanning, and 3D photogrammetry are routinely used to detect and document forensic evidence in a minimally-invasive and observer-independent manner in both the living and the deceased.

Virtopsy in forensic death investigations

Virtopsy can enhance traditional autopsy or even replace it in selected cases. One of the main benefits of imaging lies in the observer-independent documentation of forensically relevant findings. In addition, digital imaging data can be stored permanently and may be re-examined at any time if a second opinion is required.

Virtopsy in cases of living patients

In living patients, Virtopsy permits the documentation of patterned injuries such as bite marks, bruises, lacerations, and abrasions. Documentation is made in three dimensions, true to scale, and enables comparison of injuries to potential injury causing instruments.

Virtopsy in the court

Virtopsy provides excellent tools for crime and accident reconstruction, including 3D depictions of internal injuries, 3D true color representations of surface injuries and even 3D scaled models of entire crime scenes and events. The Virtopsy approach reproduces critical forensic evidence in an unbiased and comprehensible fashion, suitable for presentation as evidence to laypersons and legal professionals.

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