Personal identification based on radiographic vertebral features

T. Kahana, L. Goldin, J. Hiss

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Personal identification of human remains constitutes about 10% of the normal caseload of any forensic medicine practice. Identification can be achieved by a variety of methods, one of which is the comparison of antemortem and postmortem radiographs. There are numerous accounts of cranial and dental radiographic features useful for identification, whereas the availability of postcranial radiographs and especially plates that depict the vertebral column is less widespread among the forensic community. The authors here review the various vertebral features instrumental in positive identification that can be identified on radiographs of the spine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Personal identification
  • Radiography
  • Vertebral column


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