OF UNKNOWN BODIES BY USING CT IMAGES OF FRONTAL SINUS
Tatlisumak E, Yilmaz
G, Aslan A, Asirdizer M, Zeyfeoglu Y, Tarhan S.
Forensic Science International, 2007; 166(1): 42-8.
The aim of the study was to define a simple system for the identification of
unknown bodies by using CT images of frontal sinus and to discuss whether it was worth to add measurements to the system or
not. The system was including simple features as F (presence or absence of frontal sinus), S (intersinus and intrasinus septum)
and S (scalloping), and named as FSS system. Measurements selected for the study were width, height, anteroposterior length,
total width of two sinuses, the distance between the highest points of the two sinuses and the distance of each sinus to its
maximum lateral limit.
The study was conducted retrospectively on the paranasal CT scans of 100 cases
(38 male and 62 female) who had no apparent sinonasal pathology. All the features and measurements were coded according to
the system defined by the authors for each case and coded formulas were compared. At least 93% of the formulas could be eliminated
for a case by using FSS system. The rate of success was increased to 98% by adding measurements. Contrary to objective criteria
of FSS system, measurements were prone to bias. Therefore, in practice success rate would be expected to be lower than calculated.
In the study population, instead of making 100 measurements, eliminating the
most of the cases with FSS system and later discriminating the rest by pattern matching was seen logical.
Keywords: Personal identification; Frontal sinus; CT scan
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