Volume 24, Issue 4 (October 1979)
Radiographic Interpretation of Contrast-Media-Enhanced Bite Marks
Radiography has been a diagnostic and interpretive instrument of the scientific community for many years . The forensic science applications are numerous and varied, with a primary focus on identification problems . Forensic odontologists rely heavily on dental radiography to match or exclude antemortem and postmortem films for identification . Medical examiners have often been aided in their identifications by radiographic discoveries of broken bones, implants, and other foreign objects . Recent work has expanded the experimental use of radiography to include the examination of fingerprints on skin [2, pp. 123–135] and the accurate mapping of incisal contours for comparisons . Current opinion discounts any radiographic application in interpreting the tissue change caused by bites [6, p. 81].