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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 89-92

Role of maxillofacial radiology in expediting forensic odontology

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Shruti Sinha
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati Dental College, 233 Tiwari Ganj, Faizabad Raod, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_5_19

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In the last few decades, forensic odontology has developed as a separate specialty that deals with examination of dental evidences, their proper evaluation, and correct management for law proceedings in the interest of justice. It is mainly concerned with person identification, age estimation, gender determination, human abuse, bite mark investigation, and DNA analysis, in incidents of natural disasters and medico-legal cases. Maxillofacial radiology is a promising tool in forensic science as radiographs capture the exact anatomic and skeletal features that can then be matched with the original records for person identification and can also provide minute forms of comparison between antemortem and postmortem radiographs in cases of mass disasters. The use of imaging is increasing day by day as it is efficient, quick, and comparatively easy, less expensive as compared to available DNA technologies, and can also be applied to both living individuals as well as dead. The present article aims to discuss the various trends that have evolved in forensic radiology and to appraise their contribution in the field of forensic odontology.

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