Presented in part at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 20–25, 2006, in Seattle, WA.
The Use of Orthopedic Surgical Devices for Forensic Identification*
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 460–469, March 2011
How to Cite
Wilson, R. J., Bethard, J. D. and DiGangi, E. A. (2011), The Use of Orthopedic Surgical Devices for Forensic Identification. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: 460–469. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01639.x
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Received 14 Oct. 2009; and in revised form 22 Jan. 2010; accepted 23 Jan. 2010.
- forensic science;
- forensic anthropology;
- orthopedic devices;
- orthopedic device manufacturers;
- corporate logos;
Abstract: Surgically implanted devices have become increasingly common in modern skeletal material. Therefore, having the knowledge of the variety of implanted orthopedic devices, their manufacturer, and where to find and how to use identifying numbers in such implants can assist in the identification process when traditional methods are not applicable. Orthopedic device manufacturers are required by the Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990 and the FDA Modernization Act of 1997 to track permanently implanted devices. Manufacturer information on orthopedic devices associates the orthopedic surgeon who implanted the device with the patient. By providing a current list of the most common orthopedic device manufacturers in the U.S.A. and the associated contact information, investigators will have updated tools for the individuation process. Despite numerous complicating factors regarding how device data are tracked, the information presented here can assist forensic professionals with obtaining presumptive and/or positive identifications.