Volume 50, Issue 3 (May 2005)

    Application of the Suchey-Brooks Method to Three-dimensional Imaging of the Pubic Symphysis

    (Received 14 August 2004; accepted 9 January 2005)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Age determination is a major field of interest in forensic anthropology. Among the different methods based on macroscopic skeletal study, the Suchey-Brooks method, which analyzes the pubic symphysis, is one of the most reliable. We applied the Suchey-Brooks method to three-dimensional computed tomographic reconstructions of the pubic symphysis. We demonstrated excellent agreement between the results of analysis of bone samples and those of the three-dimensional images, in particular regarding ridges of the articular surface and delimitation of the extremities. The accuracy of age estimation did not significantly differ (Wilcoxon test) between the Suchey-Brooks method applied to bones and the same method applied to CT images. Using high-quality images, this approach seems as reliable as the standard Suchey-Brooks method and offers several advantages: no bone preparation, no damage to bone material, and the possibility of application to living individuals.


    Author Information:

    Blanc, A
    Rangueil University Hospital, Toulouse,

    Gaston, A
    Toulouse,

    Rougé, D

    Joffre, F
    Rangueil University Hospital, Toulouse,

    Telmon, N

    Chemla, P
    Rangueil University Hospital, Toulouse,


    Stock #: JFS2004326

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004326

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    Title Application of the Suchey-Brooks Method to Three-dimensional Imaging of the Pubic Symphysis
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