Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 19–24, 2007, in San Antonio, TX.
A Simple Technique for Imaging the Human Skeleton Using a Flatbed Scanner*
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2010
© 2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue Supplement s1, pages S154–S157, January 2011
How to Cite
Fox, S. C., Eliopoulos, C., Moutafi, I. and Manolis, S. K. (2011), A Simple Technique for Imaging the Human Skeleton Using a Flatbed Scanner. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: S154–S157. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01596.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2010
- Received 23 Sept. 2009; and in revised form 15 Dec. 2009; accepted 19 Dec. 2009.
- forensic science;
- forensic anthropology;
- digital image;
- photographic documentation;
- Lovejoy aging method
Abstract: A simple technique for imaging the human skeleton with a flatbed scanner is presented using the auricular surface of the ilium as an example. A flatbed scanner with resolution capabilities of 600 dpi or greater allows for images of human bones. The auricular surface of the ilium was selected to demonstrate this technique as it is a fairly three-dimensional area that can be difficult to record photographically. Fifty left ilia of various ages at death from the Athens Collection were selected from which three observers (SCF, CE, and IM) scored the morphology of the auricular surface using a well-established aging method. Observations were taken of the dry bone, of digital photographs of the bone, and of scanned images of the bone, and in that sequence. Results indicate that scores of scanned images are equivalent or better than digital images of the same ilia. This technique allows for sharing data electronically with ease.