Crime labs make heavy use of optical imaging systems. Imaging is used to identify materials, identify human characteristics, or tie a weapon to a crime. There are six major crime lab areas, which use both macro and micro optical imaging systems: DNA/Biology, Firearms/Toolmarks, Trace Evidence Chemistry/drug ID, fingerprints, footprints, and questioned documents. Both macro and micro imaging system are used.

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  • DNA

    Identification and separation of genetic material for sequencing

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  • Trace Evidence

    Trace Evidence encompasses analysis of items transferred between objects when they come in contact. This can be hair from a person, carpet fibers to shoes, dirt on shoes to carpet, or paint from car to car in a collision.

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  • Toolmarks

    Marks made by picks, screwdrivers, pry bars, or even wear marks.

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  • Toxicology

    Blood analysis and drug identification are forensic analyses that fall under the purview of the toxicologist.

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  • Firearms

    Lands and Grooves Analysis along with Firing Pin Impressions

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  • Fingerprints

    One of the older, yet still valuable forensic techniques.

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