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Research programme

Research at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Clinical Forensic Imaging (LBI CFI) focuses on the application of radiology in forensic medicine in order to receive information regarding internal injuries which could be useful in answering juridical questions like the type and degree of force exerted on a person.

The forensic examination of surviving victims is mostly limited to external visible signs of injury as reports on internal injuries are hardly available. Using clinically well-established radiological techniques forensic examiners are able to detect and objectively document internal injuries. These additional results allow a better evaluation of the degree and intensity of the violence used against the affected person. Radiological techniques enable a non-invasive, contact-free view of the interior of the human body. Depending on the matter in question, we use different examination techniques (but especially Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for internal examinations for internal evidence of injury.

The LBI CFI is currently researching how to establish forensic standards for performing, evaluating and interpreting radiological methods on affected persons.

Additionally, we are working on further improve existing visualization methods and juridical aspects of clinical-forensic imaging.

The LBI CFI concentrates its scientific work on the following research areas:

  1. Forensic reconstruction and dating of injuries
  2. Non-invasive age estimation based on MRI
  3. Computer-aided forensic reconstruction and documentation of injuries
  4. Juridical aspects of radiological methods in clinical-forensic medicine

The Clinical-Forensic Outpatient Center is a cooperation between the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical-Forensic Imaging and the Medical University of Graz and serves as practical approach of our research activities.