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Current and emerging histomorphometric and imaging techniques for assessing age-at-death and cortical bone quality

NCJ Number
WIREs Forensic Science Volume: 3 Issue: 2 Dated: 2021
Date Published
37 pages

This review critically explores the methodological approaches used historically by researchers to assess the products of remodeling within cortical bone and relate it to age-at-death estimation, extending from histology to modern ex vivo imaging modalities, and discusses the growing potential of in vivo imaging.


The review concludes with an introduction to cutting-edge in vivo four-dimensional imaging techniques that include the use of animal models to shed new light on the dynamic nature of bone, and the processes of bone aging and disease. Data gleaned from these new insights will ultimately lead to the development of future histologic age-estimation methods in forensic anthropology. (Publisher abstract provided)


Date Published: January 1, 2021