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Improving Bruise Detection with Alternate Light

Improving Bruise Detection with Alternate Light Publication

Agency: National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

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Improving Bruise Detection with Alternate Light

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Publication Date: January 04, 2022

Bruises can be difficult for forensic nurse examiners to detect, particularly on victims with darker skin tones. An inaccurate documentation of injuries can be detrimental to the victim’s legal case against their attacker as well as to the victim’s medical treatment. Researcher Katherine Scafide, PhD, a former forensic nurse examiner and now an assistant professor at George Mason University, and her colleagues are investigating the use of alternate light sources to more accurately detect bruising across all skin tones. 

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