[Methods for detection of latent fingerprints from human skin]

Forensic Sci Int. 1980 Jul-Aug;16(1):35-41. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(80)90177-2.
[Article in German]


Five methods are described for the detection of latent fingerprints on human skin: the X-ray method, the application of laser radiation, the iodine-silver plate transfer method, development with iron powder and Dakty-foil, as well as the photographic paper lift technique. Experiences with the application of these methods in forensic investigations are reported, and impeding factors are outlined. The simpler methods (the detection of such prints with iron powder and Dakty-foil as well as the photographic paper lift technique) are to be preferred for the investigation at the scene of the crime.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Dermatoglyphics*
  • Forensic Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Lasers
  • Photography / methods
  • Radiography / methods
  • Silver
  • Skin*


  • Silver
  • Iodine
  • Iron