Variability of Bodily Measures of Normally Dressed People Using PhotoModeler® Pro 5

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Abstract: 

Photogrammetry is used in forensic science to help identify perpetrators from crime scenes by way of surveillance video, but the reproducibility of manually locating hidden body-points such as the joints remains to be established. In this study, we quantified the inter- and intra-observer variability of bodily measures of clothed individuals in two different poses and examined whether body segment lengths could be used to distinguish between people of similar stature. Stature was reproduced within ±1.5 cm in both the intra- and inter-observer study. Segment lengths were best reproduced when flexion in the joints was present in the intra-observer study, but only the length of the trunk could be used to distinguish between people of similar height. The reproducibility between the two poses was low. Other measures than stature should be used with caution and with the perpetrator and suspect in the same pose. Consistent guidelines for locating body-points should be developed.

Keywords: body weights and measures; forensic anthropology; forensic science; photogrammetry; reproducibility of results

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00874.x

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3, Copenhagen DK-2200, Denmark. 2: Department of Neuro Science and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3, Copenhagen DK-2200, Denmark.

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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