Institute of Forensic Medicine
The Institute of Forensic Medicine works on legal problems that can only be solved using medical or natural scientific expert knowledge. The institute consists of an interdisciplinary team with different areas of expertise (forensic genetics, forensic and traffic medicine, forensic chemistry and toxicology).
Besides the investigations, analyses and expert reports on behalf of various authorities and tasks in academic teaching, the institute has scientific key areas in forensic imaging, development and validation of analytical methods in toxicology, the analysis of biological traces, as well as in traffic medicine. To date, research activities in forensic imaging are mainly based on post mortem computed tomography and photography.
Current studies include the evaluation of effects of the contrast agent used for pm CT angiography on micromorphology of tissue samples and the investigation of infrared photography for the visualization of subcutaneous hematomas and tattoos.
Future projects involve MR imaging in living victims of violence and in deceased persons. In the living, forensic MRI will be applied e.g. to detect traumatic findings in the soft tissues of the neck after survived strangulation and in child abuse for the assessment of the time of origin of fractures. Post mortem, main projects include the validation of imaging findings in the central nervous system and the heart by comparing them with CT, autopsy and histology, as well as the validation of methodological developments. These projects will be performed in cooperation with other research groups.