When deciding which technologies to include on this list, a number of factors were taken into consideration.

  1. Relevance to the Topic of Forensic Technology: The said technology must be actively used in the field of Forensic Science and can be taught at the college level. Widely regarded technologies were considered first, while more experimental technologies were included only on the basis of reputable peer-reviewed documentation.
  2.  Novelty in the Field of Forensic Science: More experimental technologies were given higher priority based on whether the technology gave advanced information that is not readily available by using other technologies. These “cutting-edge” technologies were thoroughly vetted to ensure that they have become accepted techniques by leaders in the field.
  3.  Reliability of Technology: Finally, only techniques used with more than 80% reliability were included in this list. Factors that affect reliability included case closure rate, successful conviction rate and correct identification rate.