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Age at death estimation using multislice computed tomography reconstructions of the posterior pelvis.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Publication types: Journal Article Publication Status: ppublish
Thanks to recent advances, computed tomography is now seen as a tool of great value in the field of physical anthropology. In this study, we focused on the posterior pelvis and the auricular surface and evaluated the accuracy of 3D reconstructions of the auricular surface, using a methodology derived from a previous study by Lovejoy et al. We also looked for trabecular bone criteria expressing age-related changes. Forty-six coxal bones were scanned, and scoring of macroscopic criteria showed a good agreement between 3D reconstructions and photographs, especially for transverse organization (k = 0.90). The changes occurring in the posterior part of the sacropubic trabecular bundle were evaluated on CT reconstructions via three new criteria, which exhibited a good intra- and inter-observer agreement (k = 0.77-0.89), and were particularly useful in identifying older subjects. We concluded that these CT-evaluated trabecular bone criteria are promising and yield useful information about age at death.
Adult, Age Determination by Skeleton/methods, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Feasibility Studies, Female, Forensic Anthropology/methods, Humans, Imaging, Three-Dimensional, Male, Middle Aged, Pelvic Bones/radiography, Pelvic Bones/ultrastructure, Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods
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