Accuracy of Three Age Estimation Methods in Children by Measurements of Developing Teeth and Carpals and Epiphyses of the Ulna and Radius

Roberto Cameriere, Stefano De Luca, Roberto Biagi, Mariano Cingolani, Giampietro Farronato, Luigi Ferrante

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of three methods for age estimation in children: the measurements of open apices in tooth roots (T), the ratio between the total area of carpal bones and epiphyses of the ulna and radius (HW), and the combined method (THW). The sample consisted of 288 Caucasian Italian children (152 boys and 136 girls) aged between 5 and 15years. Accuracy was determined as the difference between estimated age and chronological age, and accuracy was assessed by analyzing individuals' orthopantomograms and hand-wrist radiographs. Accuracies were 0.41years for girls and 0.54years for boys with the THW method; for the HW method, 1.00years for girls and 0.92years for boys; and for the T method, 0.62years for girls and 0.71years for boys. THW is the most accurate technique for age estimation in these children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1270
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Accuracy
  • Age estimation
  • Children
  • Forensic science
  • Hand-wrist bones
  • Tooth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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