Who "Laboratory Imaging" is

Laboratory Imaging was founded in 1990. Today, it has more than 50 employees.
Laboratory Imaging (LIM) is a company with broad expertise in microscopy, image processing and analysis. We offer general purpose image processing and analysis systems as well as reliable customized solutions for scientific, biomedical, forensic and industrial imaging.
For many years now, our products have been labelled by the name “LUCIA”. This name actually reveals much about Laboratory Imaging since it is an acronym of the words “Laboratory Universal Computer Image Analysis”.
However, NIS-Elements, developed for Instruments Company, Nikon Corporation, with which we closely cooperate, remains the largest and the strongest of our product family.

Products for Forensic Examination

Lim offers a specialized inspection system for criminal inquiries, including tool/toolmarks analysis, footprint analysis, bullet and cartridge case analysis, and forensic analysis of glass splinters.


Tool/Toolmarks analysis

The ToolScan™ System by Laboratory Imaging represents a complete solution for forensic examination of tool marks. It is designed to provide live real time image and comfortable straightforward scanning of high resolution all in focus 2D and 3D images including photometric data. The 3D image is a “texture free” representation, called digital silicone casting. It removes all material-specific lights and shades and emphasizes the shape and height profile. Images can be saved into the database and shared via network. A full set of comparison functions is at hand for precise matching.

Comparison of cylinder lock toolmarks
Comparison of parts of a broken drill


Footprints analysis

TrasoScan™ is a versatile system for examination of shoeprints, fingerprints, documents and other flat surfaces. Shoe soles and objects up to 24 cm of height can be scanned too using a close up lens. Objects as large as 66 x 49 mm can be displayed live on the screen. Larger objects up to 37 x 20 cm are scanned in high 1000 PPI resolution. The integrated vacuum table is suited for fixing the gelatine lifters, dust lifters and paper to it which minimizes surface distortions and reflections. The integrated software LUCIA Forensic enables to set the scanning quickly and save the settings to make it reproducible. The system is delivered with a set of customizable presets to make typical tasks straightforward. All scanned images including test prints and evidences are calibrated and can be archived automatically. Annotation, measurement, comparison, and reporting functions are also available. Images can be saved into the database and shared via network.

Footprint transfer film scan image
Appraisal sample (shoe sole) scan image
Feature point comparison image


Bullet and cartridge case analysis

Designed to Examine Fired Ammunition The BalScan system by Laboratory Imaging has been developed for examination and comparison of markings on fired ammunition. Cartridge cases and bullets are examined, compared, scanned in 2D or 3D, and saved to a database. A special software application searches the database and displays a hit list of possible matches. The forensic expert has a full set of comparison functions at hand to confirm the match.


By immersion method Glass splinters analysis

RI™ has been designed as a complete solution to forensic analysis of small glass splinters by the immersion method. The system was developed in tight cooperation with forensic specialists on glass analysis to provide precision, reproducibility, and high comfort of work with both hardware and software. RI?can be used as a single-purpose system or in combination with other microscopic methods such as spectroscopy.

Found Four Co., Ltd.

Toshin Bldg. 4-17 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0002 Japan
+81-45-222-6420 : Phone / +81-45-222-6407 : Fax