Body height estimation from post-mortem CT femoral F1 measurements in a contemporary Swiss population.

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Näf, Maya; Siegmund, Frank; Jackowski, Christian; Lösch, Sandra (2016). Body height estimation from post-mortem CT femoral F1 measurements in a contemporary Swiss population. Legal medicine, 19, pp. 61-66. Elsevier 10.1016/j.legalmed.2016.02.004

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PURPOSE The present study aimed at the comparison of body height estimations from cadaver length with body height estimations according to Trotter and Gleser (1952) and Penning and Riepert (2003) on the basis of femoral F1 section measurements in post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) images. METHODS In a post-mortem study in a contemporary Swiss population (226 corpses: 143 males (mean age: 53±17years) and 83 females (mean age: 61±20years)) femoral F1 measurements (403 femora: 199 right and 204 left; 177 pairs) were conducted in PMCT images and F1 was used for body height estimation using the equations after Trotter and Gleser (1952, "American Whites"), and Penning and Riepert (2003). RESULTS The mean observed cadaver length was 176.6cm in males and 163.6cm in females. Mean measured femoral length F1 was 47.5cm (males) and 44.1cm (females) respectively. Comparison of body height estimated from PMCT F1 measurements with body height calculated from cadaver length showed a close congruence (mean difference less than 0.95cm in males and less than 1.99cm in females) for equations both applied after Penning and Riepert and Trotter and Gleser. CONCLUSIONS Femoral F1 measurements in PMCT images are very accurate, reproducible and feasible for body height estimation of a contemporary Swiss population when using the equations after Penning and Riepert (2003) or Trotter and Gleser (1952).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Anthropology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Jackowski, Christian and Lösch, Sandra

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1344-6223

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2016 14:22

Last Modified:

14 Apr 2016 14:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.legalmed.2016.02.004

PubMed ID:

26980256

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Body height estimation; Femur; Forensic anthropology; Post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT); Stature

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80811

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80811

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