(Received 13 April 1981; accepted 2 July 1981)
Published Online: January
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During a 28-month interval, the radiographs of eight cases of skeletonized remains were evaluated by a radiologist. Radiologic evaluation of limited anatomic parts (four cases) was used to establish human or nonhuman origin and was helpful in the assessment of the relative social importance of the part. Radiologic evaluation of more complete skeletons (four cases) contributed data toward estimation of sex, age, stature, and past medical history. It confirmed the presumptive identity in two cases, excluded two possible identities in a third, and could still be useful if a presumptive identity is ever established for the fourth. Therefore, radiologic evaluation of skeletonized remains by a trained observer may be a useful adjunct to a forensic science investigation.
Professor of forensic and environmental pathology and chairman, St. Louis University School of Medicine, City and County of St. Louis, Mo.
Associate professor of radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.
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