3 June 2010 Dental materials as an aid for victim identification: examination of calcined remains by SEM/EDS
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Proceedings Volume 7729, Scanning Microscopy 2010; 772914 (2010) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.853311
Event: Scanning Microscopy 2010, 2010, Monterey, California, United States
Detection and identification of human remains in situations in which they are calcined, disarticulated, and fragmented may be a challenging task. In such situations the non-biological materials that may be present in the dentition can provide the best evidence available for potential identification. Four human jaw segments were utilized. A known combination of dental resins was placed in each segment, when possible. Other restorations, pre-existing in the cadavers, were retained. The jaw segments were cremated in a commercial cremation oven for 2.5 hrs at 1010C. Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) was used to analyze the dentition and fragmented debris. Analysis with SEM/EDS demonstrated the ability to confirm brand of known dental resins placed in each cadaver. In addition, pre-existing materials in each jaw segment were profiled and a likely brand name suggested. It was shown that microscopic fragments of heat-altered materials could be identified and classified, adding another level of certainty in victim identification.
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Mary A. Bush, Mary A. Bush, Peter J. Bush, Peter J. Bush, } "Dental materials as an aid for victim identification: examination of calcined remains by SEM/EDS", Proc. SPIE 7729, Scanning Microscopy 2010, 772914 (3 June 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853311; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.853311

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