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NCJ Number: 148724 Find in a Library
Title: Estimation of Age at Death Using Cortical Histomorphometry of the Sternal End of the Fourth Rib
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:778-784
Author(s): S D Stout; W H Dietze; M Y Iscan; S R Loth
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reports the results of a study designed to develop a method of estimating a person's age at death, based on a sample of the fourth rib.
Abstract: Osteon population densities (OPDs) were determined from transverse sections removed from an area immediately adjacent to the sternal ends of 60 autopsy rib samples. The samples ranged in age from 11 to 88 years. Regression analysis was performed using age at death as the dependent variable an OPD as the independent variable. The results of the training set/test set strategy to evaluate the performance of the histological age predicting model indicated that it provides reasonably reliable and accurate age estimates. A multiple regression model using both OPD and the mean age for a rib's morphological age according to the phase method of Iscan and others is also presented. This later age predicting model is recommended when both methods are applicable. Figure, tables, and 18 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Death investigations; Forensic sciences
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