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NCJ Number: 166106 Find in a Library
Title: Review of Validation Studies of Dental Bitewing Radiographs for Forensic Identification
Journal: Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal  Volume:29  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:113-117
Author(s): S L Kogon
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The bitewing (BW) radiograph, a common dental diagnostic aid and a frequent component of the dental record, has traditionally been a significant element in forensic dental identification.
Abstract: Although experts have great confidence in the BW analysis and the literature is replete with examples of dental radiograph comparisons, few studies have been conducted to provide scientific support or statistical validation of BW use. In the last few years, more attention has been paid to this subject. Cited literature indicates BW radiographs have a high degree of accuracy for general use in forensic dental identification. In some specific cases, however, such as the identification of children or when long time lapses occur between antemortem and postmortem radiographs, the sensitivity and accuracy of the method decline somewhat. Information obtained from BW radiographs should be valuable to forensic dentists who increasingly find they must support their decisions with scientific evidence, and validation of all tests is useful. 5 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Death investigations; Dental analysis; Evidence identification; Forensic medicine; Forensic sciences; Victim identification
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