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NCJ Number: 201560 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Thoracolumbar and Hip Joint Dysmorphism in Indentification
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:July 2003  Pages:842-847
Author(s): Bogdan Hulewiez; Glenn W. Wilcher
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 6
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on a case of roentgenographic identification of a deceased individual.
Abstract: The case involved the discovery of a deceased individual in a house that had been engulfed by fire in a suburb of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. As a result of the fire, fingerprint analysis, facial, and dental identification was rendered impossible. The identity of the victim was suspected, and as such, antemortem and postmortem radiographs of the vertebral column and hip joint were compared for identification purposes. The presence of anatomical variants due to the effects of degenerative disease were noted in both antemortem and postmortem radiographs, rendering positive identification of the deceased. Roentgenographic identification in cases in which the victim’s identity is suspected is possible because of variants in vertebrae by race, sex, and developmental factors. Additionally, information about degenerative diseases, anatomical variants, and variations of skeletal elements may be utilized in the identification of deceased individuals. The authors caution, however, that when antemortem radiographs were taken several years preceding the death, osteophytes may be useful for identification, but their accumulation may lead to significant change over longer periods of time. References
Main Term(s): Victim identification
Index Term(s): Forensic sciences; New South Wales
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