Ultrasonographic assessment of ossification of the distal radial epiphysis for estimating forensic age.

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Title
Ultrasonographic assessment of ossification of the distal radial epiphysis for estimating forensic age.
Journal
International journal of legal medicine
Author(s)
Ekizoglu O., Er A., Buyuktoka A.D., Bozdag M., Karaman G., Moghaddam N., Grabherr S.
ISSN
1437-1596 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0937-9827
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
135
Number
4
Pages
1573-1580
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Since forensic age estimation is not a valid medical indication, research on the use of nonionizing methods is increasing. Ultrasonography is a radiological approach that protects patients from radiation exposure and offers special convenience to them. In this study, ultrasonography was used for age estimation by investigating the degree of ossification of the distal radial epiphysis. Its applicability on the Turkish population was investigated. The left wrist of 688 (322 males, 366 females) patients between the ages of 9 and 25 years was prospectively evaluated by ultrasonography. The intra- and interobserver reliabilities in evaluating the distal radial epiphysis and Cohen's kappa statistics show that the interobserver error was very low, and the kappa value was found to be 0.919. Stage 3 and 4 ossification of the distal radial epiphysis was first detected at age 14.3 and 15.3 years in males and 12.7 and 14.8 years in females, respectively. The data obtained may help determine legally critical age limits of 14 and 15. Although it does not seem useful for the age of 18, ultrasonography may be recommended in selected cases as a fast, inexpensive, frequently reproducible radiological method without concern about radiation and without a predictable health risk.
Keywords
Age estimation, Distal radial epiphysis, Minors, Ultrasonography
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Web of science
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