Long-Term Validation Study of Bitewing Dental Radiographs for Forensic Identification

    Volume 41, Issue 2 (March 1996)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    MacLean, DF
    Professor and Chairman; and Assistant Professor, Division of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

    Kogon, SL
    Professor and Chairman; and Assistant Professor, Division of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

    (Received 5 June 1995; accepted 24 July 1995)

    Abstract

    The validity of dental bitewing radiographs for forensic identification, with time lapses between the antemortem and postmortem film of up to 30 years, was tested. The ability to match radiographs from the same subject was expressed using sensitivity and specificity statistics. Although the overall accuracy of the observers was extremely high, it was obvious that radiographs from the same individual, when separated by time intervals greater that 20 years, had significantly reduced accuracy.


    Paper ID: JFS15418J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15418J

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