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Forensic Microscopes and Imaging Equipment

As a forensic scientist, your microscopes and imaging equipment must provide precision, quality, accuracy, and reproducibility of results to ensure success when examining evidence. Leica Microsystems supports your work to quantify, analyze and document findings with a wide range of forensic microscopy solutions from routine laboratory instruments to complete automated systems.

U.S. Government Agencies can purchase Leica Microsystems’ forensic microscopes, cameras, software and other imaging accessories directly through GSA Schedule Contract #GS-07F-139CA. If you would like support for the purchasing process, one of our dedicated Contract Specialists would be happy to assist you.

Is your organization ISO 17025 certified? We offer tailored calibration services for comparison and compound microscopes, cameras and software.  Download our brochure for more information.

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Please contact us if you would like to have personal expert advice on our microscopy solutions for forensic microscopy.

Which forensic microscope is suitable for your application?

The matrix will help you determine which of our instruments would be suitable for your work. If you have any questions, please contact your local Leica Microsystems representative.

Stereomicroscopes

Toolmarks & Ballistic

Shoe traces

D N A Biology

Documents

Hairs & Fibers

Ground traces

Paint

Toxicology

Physics / Cause of fire

Fingerprint identification

Entomology

A-Series: Simple systems for inspections with a tilted arm (magnifications up to 40x) + + - - - - - + - + -
S-Series: Simple systems for inspections with a tilted arm (magnifications up to 55x). Flexible stand configurations + + + + - - + + + - +
M-Series (M50/ 60/ 80): Modular, ergonomic, future oriented flexible systems (Magnifications 40x resp. 60x) + + + + + + + + + + +
M-Series (M125C/ 165C/ 205C): Modular, ergonomic, future oriented flexible systems (Magnifications up to 160x) + - + + + + + - + - +
Light Microscopes

D N A Biology

Hairs & Fibers

Ground traces

Paint

Toxicology

Physics / Cause of fire

DM2000: Manual microscope for transmitted light (transparent samples) + + + - + +
DM2700 M: Manual microscope for reflected- and transmitted light + + + + + +
DM4 M: Semi motorized Instrument with direct calibration and high reproducibility + + + + + +
Polarization microscopes: Manual and semi-motorized - + + + - -
Digital Microscopes

Toolmarks & Ballistic

Shoe traces

Documents

Hairs & Fibers

Ground traces

Paint

Physics / Cause of fire

Fingerprint identification

Entomology

DMS1000: Small digital microscope for macroscopic Inspections + + - - - - - + +
DVM6: Large digital microscope for microscopic- and macroscopic Inspections + - + + + + + + +
Comparison Instruments

Toolmarks & Ballistic

Documents

Hairs & Fibers

Ground traces

Paint

FS C and FS M: Macroscopic (up to 80x) + + - - -
FS4000 and FS2700: Microscopic (up to 1000x) - - + + +
Digital Cameras

Toolmarks & Ballistic

Shoe traces

D N A Biology

Documents

Hairs & Fibers

Ground traces

Paint

Toxicology

Physics / Cause of fire

Fingerprint identification

Entomology

Simple cameras: DMC2900, MC170 HD, MC190 HD, IC90 E + + + + + + + + + + +
High-res and color-fidelity cameras: DMC4500, DMC5400, DMC6200, DFC550 + + + + + + + + + + +

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The ergonomically designed Leica DM2000 is ideal for sophisticated clinical applications, and other challenging tasks.

Leica DM2000 & DM2000 LED

Ergonomic System Microscopes for Complex Clinical Applications

Firearms and Toolmarks

Examination of firearms and tool marks requires the right combination of superior microscope optics, precise illumination and smart software solutions to help you uncover unique surface characteristics. Find, identify, compare and document matches with Leica Microsystems' modular, compact and integrated microscopy solutions.

Trace Evidence

Reconstructing events through trace evidence requires precise microscopic analysis and proper care to minimize damage to the sample. Whether you are examining fibers, hair, paint, fingerprints, residue or other trace materials, Leica Microsystems offers powerful and customizable microscope solutions with a wide range of illumination and documentation options.

Questioned Documents and Handwriting

Questioned document examination calls for detailed microscopic analysis for revealing alterations, genuineness or sources of documents. Whether you are exposing forgery, counterfeiting, identity theft or fraud, Leica's range of microscopes, cameras and software solutions help you easily, accurately, and comfortably examine, compare and document your findings.

Forensic Medicine and DNA Extraction

Your specialty in forensic medicine can cover a wide range of applications including forensic biology, pathology, anthropology, toxicology, serology, DNA extraction and more. Regardless of your specific discipline, forensic laboratory analysis requires the right microscopes, cameras and software solutions that are tailored to your needs. From screening to separation, Leica provides a comprehensive range of forensic biological microscopes with a variety of optics, illumination and software options.

About Forensics

Every committed crime leaves clues – ones that are visible to the human eye, and others that are not. No matter if the forensic experts investigate ammunition, paint chips, documents, fingerprints, hair or fiber traces, stereomicroscopy and microscopy are indispensable. If the microscopic methods lead to final results, or have to be followed by further analysis techniques, depends on the kind of clue we are talking about. Very important is that the investigators work very thoroughly to make sure that not the tiniest clue is missed, because, in forensics, “maybe” doesn’t exist.

Communities & Web Sources

www.aafs.org/American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

www.criminalistics.com/American Board of Criminalistics (ABC)

www.ascld.org/American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)

www.ascld-lab.org/American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB)

www.asteetrace.org/American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE)

www.afte.org/Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE)

www.cacnews.org/California Association of Criminalists (CAC)http://www.csfs.ca/

/www.csfs.ca/Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS)

www.enfsi.eu/European Network of Forensic Institutes (ENFSI)

http://fqsforensics.org/Forensic Quality Services (FQS)

www.theiai.org/International Association for Identification

www.maafs.org/Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS)

www.mafs.net/Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS)

www.neafs.org/Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS)

www.nwafs.org/Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists

www.soft-tox.org/Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT)

www.swafs.us/Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS)

Journals

http://journals.lww.com/amjforensicmedicine/pages/default.aspxAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

www.journals.elsevier.com/digital-investigationDigital Investigation

www.theforensicexaminer.com/The Forensic Examiner

www.forensicmag.com/Forensic Magazine

www.journals.elsevier.com/forensic-science-international/Forensic Science International

www.globalforensicsciencetoday.net/Global Forensic Science Today

www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-digital-crime-forensics/1112International Journal of Digital Cirme and Forensics (IJDCF)http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-forensic-and-legal-medicine/

www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-forensic-and-legal-medicine/Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

www.omicsonline.org/jfrhome.phpJournal of Forensic Research

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1556-4029Journal of Forensic Sciences

http://mcri.org/home/section/71-72/the-microscope-journalThe Microscope Journal

www.nationalforensics.org/national-forensic-journalNational Forensic Journal

www.benthamscience.com/open/toforsj/index.htmThe Open Forensic Science Journal

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