Volume 36, Issue 1 (January 1991)

    Radiographic Identification by Mastoid Sinus and Arterial Pattern

    (Received 30 October 1989; accepted 9 February 1990)


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    A skull and some incomplete postcranial remains were discovered in two searches over a two-month period near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The discoveries could be demonstrated to be from the same person, and the remains were shown to be consistent with a specific missing person on the basis of anthropological analysis. Further work led to a positive identification on multiple grounds, including agreement of the details of the mastoid sinus and endocranial arterial patterns observed radiographically. These features may be useful for establishing positive identification from skeletal remains when antemortem radiographic studies for comparison are limited to lateral cranial vault studies.

    Author Information:

    Sperry, K
    Associate medical examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Atlanta, GA

    Rhine, S
    Forensic anthropologist, Office of the Medical Investigator, State of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Medical School, Albuquerque, NM

    Stock #: JFS13029J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13029J

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    Title Radiographic Identification by Mastoid Sinus and Arterial Pattern
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30