Published Online: 1 January 2002
Page Count: 4
Assistant forensic odontologist, Philadelphia Medical Examiner Office, Churchville, PA
Chief Deputy Coroner for Chester County, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
(Received 16 June 2000; accepted 26 March 2001)
This is a study to determine the efficiency and efficacy of using an X-ray security screening system to locate both dental fragments and other foreign objects that might be commingled with fragmented remains in a mass disaster.
A controlled study by the Pennsylvania Dental Identification Team (PADIT) revealed that a manual examination of simulated body bags containing commingled dental parts and foreign objects by a team of trained forensic odontologists was very effective in locating dental fragments and in finding foreign objects.
Although this was effective, it was not efficient, because it was very time consuming. With the use of an X-ray security screening system, the time factor could be reduced. This study also revealed that even though this sophisticated equipment could reduce the time factor in locating commingled dental and foreign objects, a forensic odontologist should be utilized to be most effective.
Paper ID: JFS15212J