Figure 10-11.Exposed maxilla and mandible.
In small operations with minimal number of
remains to be processed, equipment is not a major
consideration. However, as the number of remains
increases, the availability of equipment becomes a
major determining factor in the efficiency of the dental
Id section. In situations where hundreds of remains
require ID, you should have as many X-ray machines
available as possible to speed up the initial processing
of the remains. Postmortem radiographs are obtained
will normally require approximately 20 minutes to
expose a complete series of postmortem radiographs.
Therefore, a maximum of 3 sets of remains per hour
can be processed with a single X-ray machine. Careful
The forensic X-ray section must realize that
exposure of postmortem dental radiographs is the time
limiting step for the dental ID section as a whole. It
from regular floor-mounted, mobile endodontic, and
portable military field types of dental X-ray units.
Exposure of Postmortem Radiographs