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CARVALHO, Suzana Papile Maciel; SILVA, Ricardo Henrique Alves da; LOPES-JUNIOR, César  and  PERES, Arsenio Sales. Use of images for human identification in forensic dentistry. Radiol Bras [online]. 2009, vol.42, n.2, pp.125-130. ISSN 0100-3984.

The present systematic review article is aimed at describing radiological methods utilized for human identification in forensic dentistry. For this purpose, a literature review was undertaken, and out of 45 papers, 19 were selected in accordance with inclusion criteria. Several radiological techniques can be used to assist in both individual and general identification, including determination of gender, ethnic group and, mainly, age. The analysis of ante-mortem and post-mortem radiographic and tomographic images has become an essential tool for human identification in forensic dentistry, particularly with the refinement of techniques resulting from developments in the field of the radiology itself as well as the incorporation of information technology resources to the technique. It can be concluded that, based on an appropriate knowledge on the available methods, forensic dentists can choose the best method to achieve a successful identification with a careful application of the technique and accurate interpretation of data.

Keywords : Radiology; Forensic dentistry; Human identification.

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