The frontal sinus: Forensic fingerprint? - A pilot study

Harris A.M.P. ; Wood R.E. ; Nortje C.J. ; Thomas C.J. (1987)


The image of the frontal sinus, as seen on rigidly standardized occipitomental radiographs, was analysed in 32 randomly selected patients from the same racial group. Radiographic tracings were compared and definite differences in sinus height, width, and number of edge loculations were seen between patients, with no two sinuses being alike in appearance. It is postulated that the image of the frontal sinus may be suitable as a means of identification. A method for orientation of the skull in post-mortem radiograph production is suggested.

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