Name, first nameEloisa AldomarYear of birth1977UniversityZHDKField of Interest / research fieldDesign Research and ReflectionTitle of projectColor and Knowledge in virtual Autopsy (Virtopsy)AbstractOne of the aims of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in forensic imaging is the identification and characterization of violence’s consequences. The method is limited insofar as it has a limited resolution. 3D visualization in volume rendering technique (VRT) of hairline skull fractures in forensic medicine represent a particularly critical form of injury, which is difficult to reconstruct visually.

There is this question of what design could add to Virtopsy imagery in terms of improving quality of visual communication: How can a hairline skull fracture be reconstructed three-dimensionally in all its morphological characteristics and be conveyed in its context using false colors?

The approach implemented in this master thesis is so far draw on knowledge from the areas of human visual perception and color theory in digital image production. Color coding is a widely used visualization method for scalar computed tomography data. To generate expressive, effective and more efficient visual representations it is extremely important to carefully design the mapping from data to color. While the design process is iterative, the valuation of the false color takes place under interactive user control.

This master thesis investigates how design research methods can be used to professionally convey technical and visual representation of forensic findings. Only a comprehensible, accurate and efficient visualization is suitable in forensic PMCT, to allow the examination of hairline skull fractures in real cases on a wider scale.


Scientific Tutor
Dr. med. Wolf Schweitzer
In cooperation with the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Zurich
TutorsJoe Rohrer, Simon Tschachtli
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