Optical and Digital Techniques for Enhancing Radiographic Anatomy for Identification of Human Remains

    Volume 41, Issue 6 (November 1996)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 13


    Kaufman, BL
    Carolina Associates in Imaging, Hurbam, NC

    Shook, DR
    Radiologist, Berks Imaging, Potomac, MD

    Charletta, D
    Clinical assistant professor of Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Humble, TX

    MacMahon, H
    Professor of Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Fitzpatrick, JJ
    Chairman, Division of Trauma Radiology, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

    Levine, LJ
    Director, Forensic Sciences Unit, New York State Police, Division Headquarters, Albany, NY

    Kirschner, RJ
    Director, International Forensic Program, Physicians for Human Rights, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

    Wu, S-J
    Senior software engineer, Motorola Corporation, Chicago, IL

    Maples, W
    Distinguish Service Professor, C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    (Received 11 October 1994; accepted 4 March 1996)

    Abstract

    Out of a total of more than 300 radiographic identifications made by one of us (JJF), there were 11 cases in which radiologic adjuncts were used because the antemortem radiographs were either miniaturized or because anatomical landmarks could not be clearly discerned. The techniques used included slide projection (two cases), photographic enlargement and enhancement (two cases), digitization (three cases), and digitization with computer enhancement (three cases), commercial digitization (one case). In a 12th case, where identification was made by comparison of antemortem and postmortem film X-rays, the films were digitized as a further evaluation of a commercial system. This is the first reported use of these techniques.


    Paper ID: JFS14030J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14030J

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    Title Optical and Digital Techniques for Enhancing Radiographic Anatomy for Identification of Human Remains
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