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Radiology in forensic identification: the Mt Erebus disaster.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9833369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although radiology has exceptional discriminatory power in the identification of individuals, it is not often used for this purpose. This under-utilization stems in part from insufficient appreciation of its potential, and in part from a lack of agreed operational protocols. Descriptions of criteria used for radiological identification are scattered in individual reports and have not been collated. The circumstances in which identification is required are various and pose different problems for which guidelines have not been established. The areas in which radiology has a high capacity for identification of age, sex or identity are reviewed and their strengths and limitations are discussed. A survey of the literature identified three different circumstances in which cadaver identification is needed, and a protocol is suggested to meet the differing requirements of these three situations. The use of these protocols and techniques in the identification of bodies recovered from the Mt Erebus disaster is described. Postmortem radiographs established the identity of 11 bodies not identified by other techniques. There is a need for greater awareness in police and forensic circles of the identifying power of radiology.
C J Alexander; G A Foote
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australasian radiology     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0004-8461     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas Radiol     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-01-21     Completed Date:  1999-01-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0047441     Medline TA:  Australas Radiol     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy with Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Aviation*
Age Determination by Skeleton
Forensic Dentistry
Forensic Medicine*

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