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Virtual anthropology and forensic identification using multidetector CT.
British Journal of Radiology
Publication types: Journal Article ; ReviewPublication Status: ppublish
Virtual anthropology is made possible by modern cross-sectional imaging. Multislice CT (MSCT) can be used for comparative bone and dental identification, reconstructive identification and lesion identification. Comparative identification, the comparison of ante- and post-mortem imaging data, can be performed on both teeth and bones. Reconstructive identification, a considerable challenge for the radiologist, identifies the deceased by determining sex, geographical origin, stature and age at death. Lesion identification combines virtual autopsy and virtual anthropology. MSCT can be useful in palaeopathology, seeking arthropathy, infection, oral pathology, trauma, tumours, haematological disorders, stress indicators or occupational stress in bones and teeth. We examine some of the possibilities offered by this new radiological subspeciality that adds a new dimension to the work of the forensic radiologist. A multidisciplinary approach is crucial and involves communication and data exchange between radiologists, forensic pathologists, anthropologists and radiographers.
Autopsy, Bone and Bones/radiography, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Forensic Anthropology/methods, Forensic Anthropology/standards, Humans, Male, Multidetector Computed Tomography/methods, Paleopathology/methods, Tooth/radiography
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