Writing impressions revealed by scanners
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- Strach, S.J. Forensic Sci Med Pathol (2007) 3: 210. doi:10.1007/s12024-007-0015-4
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Heavily impressed writing impressions in paper and impressions in glossy brochures are often difficult or impossible to develop using the electrostatic detection apparatus (ESDA, manufactured by Foster and Freeman). Oblique and specular reflectance lighting can be used but they are time-consuming techniques and not always very successful. This paper briefly describes a scanning and image-processing method for producing excellent images of such writing impressions.