Dental identification using digital images via computer network

Masato Funayama, Jun Kanetake, Hidenori Ohara, Yumi Nakayama, Yasuhiro Aoki, Toshihiko Suzuki, Masayuki Nata, Sohtaro Mimasaka, Kou Takahashi

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Dental identification is a useful scientific method. In Japan, however, there are only a few forensic odontologists; moreover, until now, forensic dental services have only been offered by general dentists. These dentists may not be able to offer such forensic services during office time. For a quick comparison, the authors tried sending digital photos, taken with a 2- million-pixel digital camera, to dental offices via the Internet. If a dental office has Internet access, it is possible for dental charting to be sent directly to the autopsy room. Of course, digital images only provide the first outline. However, when antemortem dental records of the person in question are available at autopsy, a quick comparison can be made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-183
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Dental comparison
  • Digital camera
  • Digital image
  • Identification
  • Internet


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