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Virtual anthropology: useful radiological tools for age assessment in clinical forensic medicine and thanatology.
La Radiologia Medica
Publication types: Journal Article ; ReviewPublication Status: ppublish
Virtual anthropology consists of the introduction of modern slice imaging to biological and forensic anthropology. Thanks to this non-invasive scientific revolution, some classifications and staging systems, first based on dry bone analysis, can be applied to cadavers with no need for specific preparation, as well as to living persons. Estimation of bone and dental age is one of the possibilities offered by radiology. Biological age can be estimated in clinical forensic medicine as well as in living persons. Virtual anthropology may also help the forensic pathologist to estimate a deceased person's age at death, which together with sex, geographical origin and stature, is one of the important features determining a biological profile used in reconstructive identification. For this forensic purpose, the radiological tools used are multislice computed tomography and, more recently, X-ray free imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound investigations. We present and discuss the value of these investigations for age estimation in anthropology.
Age Determination by Skeleton/methods, Age Determination by Teeth/methods, Diagnostic Imaging/methods, Forensic Anthropology/methods, Humans
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