Presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 15–21, 2009, in Denver, CO.
Bite Marks: Physical Properties of Ring Adhesion to Skin—Phase 1*
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
© 2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue Supplement s1, pages S214–S219, January 2011
How to Cite
Desranleau, S. and Dorion, R. B. J. (2011), Bite Marks: Physical Properties of Ring Adhesion to Skin—Phase 1. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: S214–S219. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01604.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
- Received 27 July 2009; and in revised form 17 Nov. 2009; accepted 28 Nov. 2009.
- forensic science;
- bite mark;
- bite mark research;
- bitemark research;
- ring adhesion to skin;
- skin excision;
Abstract: Unsupported excised skin may shrink by as much as 50% or more. In 1981, a method was developed for ring adhesion to skin with the goal of minimizing tissue distortion upon excision. Five modified versions of the technique bearing the author’s name followed (Dorion types I, II, III, IV, and V). The scientific literature reveals little supporting empirical evidence for the preferential use of one adhesive/suturing technique over another. This study compares the use of various bonding materials (Loctite Super Glue gel®, Dermabond™, Vetbond™), cleaning agents (ethanol, dishwashing liquid, and shaving cream), and depilatory (Veet®) on the effects of ring adhesion to skin. The conclusions indicate that surface wetness is the most influential factor affecting ring adhesion to skin, followed by the type of bonding material, its “freshness,” and by the cleaning agent used to prepare the skin. The use of a depilatory or shaving cream is to be avoided.