The Use of CT Scans in Estimating Age at Death by Examining the Extent of Ectocranial Suture Closure

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Kristen Leigh Boyd, Chiara Villa, Niels Lynnerup

We examined the utility of CT scans in the evaluation of degree of ectocranial suture closure. Five cranial points (left and right midcoronal positions, left and right midlambdoidal positions, and the lambda) were evaluated in 231 CT scans using a three-point scoring system (open, partial closed, and closed). The slice increment and thickness varied between three groups of the scans. The results showed a good correlation between degree of suture closure and increasing age in each group. Young individuals (<40 years) and old individuals (>60 years) could be clearly distinguished from the middle-aged individuals. ANOVA test revealed no difference between two groups of scans and between left and right sides (p > 0.05). Interobserver agreement was good, especially considering the score by sides. The results of this study create the base for developing a robust and simple method to estimate the age at death using CT scans.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Forensic Sciences
Vol/bind60
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)363-369
Antal sider7
ISSN0022-1198
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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