Fragmented skeletonised remains: Paget’s disease as a method of biological profiling using radiography
Elliott, J., Stark, S., Teoaca, A., Duffy, E. and Williams, E. 2023. Fragmented skeletonised remains: Paget’s disease as a method of biological profiling using radiography. Forensic Imaging. 32, p. 200534. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fri.2023.200534
|Authors||Elliott, J., Stark, S., Teoaca, A., Duffy, E. and Williams, E.|
Background: This study presents the incidental finding of Paget’s disease within archaeological skeletal remains
Discussion: Forensic radiography provides valuable information for the reconstruction of biological profiles of the deceased for victim identification. Characteristic medical conditions such as Paget’s disease aid identification by excluding unaffected persons, as the pathology exhibits a higher prevalence among British white males of advanced age. This example, although archaeological in origin, illustrates how data available from human skeletal remains can be leveraged through radiographic imaging to glean biographical information which might otherwise be unavailable. In the presence of fragmentary skeletal remains, and the absence of DNA profiling, pathologies with characteristic radiographic appearances could be of forensic significance.
Conclusion: This example demonstrates the radiographic appearances of Paget’s disease on fragmentary skeletal remains which may aid victim identification efforts. Consideration must be given to the limitations of Paget’s disease including anthropological estimations and the potential for alternative diagnoses. Lastly, radiography may offer an accurate, permanent record of the deceased as secondary evidence for identification efforts.
|Keywords||Forensic; Radiography; Paleopathology; Archaeology; Secondary evidence; Pagets|
|Journal citation||32, p. 200534|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fri.2023.200534|
|Online||12 Jan 2023|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||07 Jan 2023|
|Deposited||16 Jan 2023|
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