Anthropological Measurement of Lower Limb and Foot Bones Using Multi-Detector Computed Tomography

Robinson, Claire, Eisma, Roos, Morgan, Bruno, Jeffery, Amanda, Graham, Eleanor, Black, Sue and Rutty, Guy (2008) Anthropological Measurement of Lower Limb and Foot Bones Using Multi-Detector Computed Tomography. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 53 (6). pp. 1289-1295. ISSN 0022-1198

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00875.x

Abstract

Anthropological examination of defleshed bones is the gold standard for osteological measurement in forensic practice. However, multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) offers the opportunity of three-dimensional imaging of skeletal elements, allowing measurement of bones in any plane without defleshing. We present our experiences of the examination of 15 human lower limbs in different states of decomposition using MDCT. We present our method of imaging and radiological measurement of the bones including sex assessment. The radiological measurements were undertaken by three professional groups–anthropology, radiology, and forensic pathology–both at the site of scanning and at a remote site. The results were compared to anthropological oestological assessment of the defleshed bones. We discuss the limitations of this technique and the potential applications of our observations. We introduce the concept of remote radiological anthropological measurement of bones, so-called tele-anthro-radiology and the role that this could play in providing the facility for standardization of protocols, international peer review and quality assurance schemes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forensic science, radiology, computed tomography, anthropology, tibia, talus, calcaneus, tele-anthro-radiology
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 09:23
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4291

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