Analysis of Photographic Distortion in Bite Marks: A Report of the Bite Mark Guidelines Committee

    Volume 31, Issue 4 (October 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1986

    Page Count: 8


    Herschaft, EE
    Professor of oral diagnosis and oral pathology, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, Charleston, SC

    Vale, GL
    Chief of forensic dentistry, Los Angeles County Medical Examiners' Office, Los Angeles, CA

    Sperber, ND
    Chief forensic dentist, San Diego and Imperial Counties, CA

    Rawson, RD
    Dental director, Dental Hygiene Program, Clark County Community College, North Las Vegas, NV

    Dowell, S
    Forensic technician, Los Angeles County Medical Examiners' Office,

    (Received 2 December 1985; accepted 4 March 1986)

    Abstract

    Some degree of distortion is found in all bite marks. That distortion can be caused by photographic methods of recording the mark, by the dynamics of the bite, or by artifaction. All types of distortion complicate the process of matching marks to dentition, thus making it important to understand the distortion and, if possible, correct or allow for it. A method of analyzing photographically distorted bite patterns is presented, future research directions are suggested, and evidence-gathering standards are stressed.


    Paper ID: JFS11904J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11904J

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    Title Analysis of Photographic Distortion in Bite Marks: A Report of the Bite Mark Guidelines Committee
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