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Study of pattern of fusion of sagittal suture using skull radiography and its association with documented age in males

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Command Hospital, Kolkata West Bengal, India
  • 2Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Armed Forced Medical College, Pune, India
  • 3Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Armed Forced Medical College, Pune, India

Res. J. Forensic Sci., Volume 11, Issue (1), Pages 6-11, January,29 (2023)


Assessment of age is required in litigation cases of a person. It is usually estimated by physical appearance and radiological appearance. In instances of the estimation of age of an individual, it may be asked by the employer to fix his age for the benefits of pension or age disputes over retirement and the like. Cranial sutures are like epiphyseo-diaphysis plane. The edges are the growth points and they close at an age range. In this study we have used this principle to study the stages of fusion of sagittal sutures in roentgenogram of males where the age is known. We have divided our samples in the age group of 20- 25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65, 66-70, 71-75, 76-80 years. We have used the documented age to study the stage of fusion the suture.


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