Additional Applications of Digital Image Processing to Forensic Document Examinations

    Volume 37, Issue 3 (May 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 1992

    Page Count: 11


    Behnen, AP
    Questioned document examiner and questioned document examiner, U.S. Army Crime Laboratory—CONUS, Fort Gillem, GA

    Nelson, LK
    Questioned document examiner and questioned document examiner, U.S. Army Crime Laboratory—CONUS, Fort Gillem, GA

    (Received 25 July 1991; accepted 15 October 1991)

    Abstract

    Two experimental applications of digital image processing to the examination of questioned documents are evaluated. First is a comparison of digital image processing, electrostatic detection apparatus (ESDA) processing, side lighting, and photography in the decipherment of indented writing. Best results are achieved by first utilizing the ESDA, then digitally enhancing the ESDA lift using a high-pass sharpening filter. The second application is the use of image processing equipment to make fracture match comparisons to associate carbon film typewriter ribbons with questioned typescript. Split-screen images and image overlays are found to be very effective techniques for this kind of examination.

    Wenderoth [1] and Baier et al. [2] have reported on image processing as it relates to questioned document examination.


    Paper ID: JFS11991J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11991J

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    Title Additional Applications of Digital Image Processing to Forensic Document Examinations
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