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NCJ Number: NCJ 241245     Find in a Library
Title: Radiographic Comparison of a Fractured Clavicle Exhibiting a Pseudo-Arthrosis
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Author(s): Matthew P. Rhode, Ph.D. ; William W. Goodhue, Jr., M.D. ; Carl N. Stephan, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:July 2012  Pages:1094 to 1097
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 4
  Annotation: This case study describes a radiographic comparison performed on an individual who developed a pseudo-arthrosis of a right clavicle fracture in the time between antemortem (AM) radiography of the break and the individual's death.
Abstract: Bone remodeling is a natural process that is potentially problematic for radiographic comparisons because it can occur after antemortem (AM) imaging, thus interfering with the comparability of AM and postmortem (PM) radiographs from the same individual. While the effects of age-related remodeling have been studied, limited attention has been given to trauma-related remodeling with respect to radiographic comparisons. This report adds to the latter topic by presenting a case of AM clavicle fracture that developed into a pseudo-arthrosis over a 12-month period prior to the individual’s death. Even though remodeling was discernable along the fracture margins, adjacent skeletal features on the PM radiograph remained unaltered and constituted compelling evidence for the identification. This case illustrates the potential of using both normal and pathological anatomy concurrently to maximize the surety of findings from radiographic comparisons. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): X-Ray Technology ; Bone analysis ; Forensic anthropology
Type: Case Study
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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