Volume 48, Issue 2 (March 2003)

    Adherence of Forensic Odontologists to the ABFO Guidelines for Victim Evidence Collection

    (Received 17 August 2002; accepted 5 October 2002)

    Published Online: March

    CODEN: JFSOAD

      Format Pages Price  
    PDF Version 4 $25   ADD TO CART


    Abstract

    Certifying boards for different professions have the duty to help establish standards and guidelines for methodologies routinely performed within the discipline. For forensic dentists, this responsibility is placed upon the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). The purpose of this study was to examine whether board certified and noncertified forensic odontologists adhere to the ABFO Guidelines outlined in the collection of victim bitemark evidence. A questionnaire was developed to assess the compliance and attitudes towards the typical evidence collected, the photographic documentation, and the handling of the bite site injury. The results indicate the majority of the respondents in both representative groups routinely follow the guidelines set forth by the ABFO. The lack of personally photographing the bite injury on a consistent basis is an area of concern for all examiners. The photographic evidence is an instrumental part of the investigation and often cannot be utilized due to improper procedures being followed. The film type utilized, bite site impression techniques, and excision of any tissue samples remain an individual choice and vary significantly among each forensic odontologist.


    Stock #: JFS2002285

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2002285

    ASTM International
    is a member of CrossRef.

    Author
    Title Adherence of Forensic Odontologists to the ABFO Guidelines for Victim Evidence Collection
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30