Collection and recording of radiological information for forensic purposes


  • AS Forrest

    1. Associate Professor, Forensic Odontology, School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Queensland.
    2. Consultant Forensic Odontologist, Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Queensland.
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Associate Professor Alexander Stewart Forrest
Forensic Odontology
School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences
Griffith University
Nathan Campus
170 Kessels Road
Nathan QLD 4111


Forensic odontology is the application of dental expertise to legal issues. Commonly, it involves the comparison of dental records of a missing person with a deceased individual for the purposes of forensic personal identification, either in a single case, or as part of the response to an event involving multiple simultaneous fatalities (Disaster Victim Identification, or DVI). It may also involve studies to determine the age of an individual, which may be required as part of a forensic identification process, or for another legal purpose such as the determination of legal responsibility, or in connection with immigration.

This report examines the types of radiological information currently used in such forensic studies, and discusses how this information may be accessed or recorded, as well as the techniques that are commonly applied to the radiological data to reach a satisfactory outcome for application in forensic casework.