(Received 20 March 2000; accepted 2 October 2000)
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Digital enhancement software was used to enhance bitemark photographs. This enhancement technique improved the resolution of the bitemark images. Lucis was the software program utilized in this study and case applications. First, this technique was applied on known bitemark images to evaluate the potential effectiveness of this digital enhancement method. Subsequently, Lucis was utilized on two separate unsolved cases involving enhancement of bitemark evidence. One case involved a severely beaten infant with a bitemark on the upper thigh. The second case involves a bitemark observed on the breast of a female sexual assault strangulation victim. In both cases, bitemark images were significantly improved after digital enhancement.
Chief forensic odontologist, Connecticut Division of Scientific Services-Forensic Laboratory, Meriden, CT
Chief emeritus, Connecticut Division of Scientific Services, professor, University of New Haven-Forensic Science Department, West Haven, CT
Commanding officer, Connecticut Division of Scientific Services, practitioner in residence, University of New Haven-Forensic Science Department, West Haven, CT
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