The Role of Forensic Dentistry in Disaster Victim Identification (Expert Evidence)
This Expert Evidence chapter explains how Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) uses scientific methods to maximise the chances of successful victim identification. Where a forensic dental team has been present, its success in identifying the victims of the disaster has surpassed the application of other biological or biometric information. This is due to the presence of experienced and properly qualified forensic odontologists, and when ante-mortem (AM) dental records were available to them, the utilization of those dental data to confirm the identity by a comparison with the post-mortem (PM) findings. Plate 1 shows the breakdown of identification modalities following the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
Authors: John G Clement and Jeremy P Graham
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