Forever Is Forever: New IR Technology Can Spot "Removed" Tattoos

By Brett Israel | December 15, 2009 5:17 pm

tattooTattoos just got even more permanent. Scientists have developed a method to uncover old tattoos that have been altered or surgically removed. The technology involves infrared cameras and could be particularly useful to law enforcement agents, according to Tech Radar:

Often used as a distinguishing factor to identify criminals, tattoos can be altered or removed relatively easily, but a team at the University of Derby has come up with a solution.

Using infrared means that removed tattoos, or even tattoos that have been altered, can be spotted in the deeper layers of skin.

Guess that means DISCOVER’s CEO and Publisher Henry Donahue will never be able to fully get rid of his fish. Let’s hope he stays out of trouble!

Related Content:
Discoblog: DISCOVER CEO Makes Good on Promise, Gets Science Tattoo
The Loom: Science Tattoo Emporium Archives
Bad Astronomy: We Who Are About To Dye

Image: flickr / House of Sims

MORE ABOUT: tattoos

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!


Quirky, funny, and surprising science news from the edge of the known universe.

See More

Collapse bottom bar

Login to your Account

E-mail address:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »