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Announcement: The New Mexico Decedent Image Database

NCJ Number
Forensic Imaging Volume: 24 Dated: March 2021 Pages: 200436
Date Published
March 2021

This article profiles the New Mexico Decedent Image Database.


The New Mexico Decedent Image Database (NMDID) provides deidentified Computed Tomography (CT) scans, demographic, health, lifestyle and death circumstance data to researchers. It is now available at NMDID.UNM.EDU. The collection contains scans and information about 15,243 decedents, with up to 69 metadata fields associated with the images and full body scout images. The collection is composed of full-body postmortem CT scans that were captured at the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) at the University of New Mexico during regular examination procedures between mid-2010 and mid-2017. The associated metadata is gathered from two sources, the OMI investigator’s database and interviews with next of kin. Not all metadata fields are available for each decedent, since data gathered during investigations differ, and not all next of kin were interviewed. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: March 1, 2021