Skeletal Identification Using the Frontal Sinus Region: A Retrospective Study of 39 Cases

    Volume 47, Issue 2 (March 2002)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 March 2002

    Page Count: 6


    Goldstein, M
    Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

    Kirk, NJ
    Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

    Wood, RE
    Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

    (Received 23 June 2001; accepted 20 June 2001)

    Abstract

    The importance of identification using the frontal sinus has been previously demonstrated in case reports. In this study, 39 cases of identification using frontal sinus comparison from the Ontario Chief Coroner's Office were reviewed and differences between antemortem and postmortem radiographs examined. All cases involved decedents older than twenty years. Three cases were rejected due to poor antemortem and postmortem film quality. One subject had no frontal sinus. Thirty-five cases provided conclusive postmortem to antemortem pattern matches. Sixteen cases also yielded metric (quantitative) matches. Duration between antemortem and postmortem radiographic examinations, age, gender, and cause of death did not affect the ability to obtain a match. This is the largest study undertaken on actual cases and demonstrates the validity of frontal sinus pattern matching for forensic identification.


    Paper ID: JFS15250J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15250J

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    Title Skeletal Identification Using the Frontal Sinus Region: A Retrospective Study of 39 Cases
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