Panoramic radiograph as a clue for human identification: A forensic case report

Rhonan Ferreira Silva , Fernando Fortes Picoli, Solon Diego Santos Carvalho Mendes, Patricia Zillmer de Alcantara, Tessa de Lucena Botelho, Ademir Franco

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Forensic odontology works in the interface between dentistry and law. Human identification is an important procedure performed by Forensic Dentists. The present study reports a case of dental human identification of a highly decomposed human body identified through the comparison of antemortem (AM) and postmortem (PM) panoramic radiographs. The AM radiograph was performed for planning dental implants, while the PM radiograph reproduced the same AM technique to enable a reliable comparative procedure. Radiographic dental similarities observed AM and PM led to a positive human identification. The importance of forensic odontology for legal purposes is highlighted and illustrated in the current study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Forensic Odontology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017


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