Application of 3D Imaging Technology to Latent Fingermark Aging Studies

Josep De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Michelle Mancenido, Emmanuel Soignard, Nathaniel Silverman

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In most latent fingermark aging studies, two-dimensional (2D) features are obtained from photo images, scans, or inked impressions. However, some relevant information is possibly being missed because fingermarks are three-dimensional (3D) objects that age in all three dimensions. A feature that has not been carefully examined is how the height of ridges changes over time. In this report, a 3D imaging technology—called optical profilometry—is introduced as a tool for the visual examination of the aging process. Optical profilometry is a nondestructive technology that allows the visualization and data acquisition of unprocessed latent fingermarks. Detailed ridge images and spatiotemporal data were successively obtained on the x-, y- and z-axis, delivering 3D topographical information. OP was able to detect the loss of ridge heights over time. The feasibility of employing this technology to collect data on the aging process of ridges has been proven.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • 3D imaging
  • degradation
  • forensic science
  • morphometry
  • optical profilometer
  • titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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