International Journal of Morphology
On-line version ISSN 0717-9502
SUAZO GALDAMES, Iván Claudio; SALGADO ALARCON, Guillermo Enrique and CANTIN LOPEZ, Mario Gonzalo. Ultrasonic Assessment of Facial Soft Tissue in Adult Chileans. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2007, vol.25, n.3, pp. 643-648. ISSN 0717-9502. doi: 10.4067/S0717-95022007000300029.
Varied methods exist to realize the medicolegal identification in cadaveric remains or skeletons, one of them is the identification for forensic sculpture. For this certain references are needed in the relation between osseous and soft tissue. The objective of this investigation was to determine face tissue thicknesses by means of ultrasonography and to correlate them with age and sex. There was selected a sample of 48 persons, between 21 and 50 years of age of both sexes, which they consulted to the service of imagenologia of Talca's Multimedical Clinic distributed in two groups: A group with 12 men and 12 women between 21 and 35 years of age; B group with 12 men and 12 women between 36 and 50 years of age. For this study an ecographe was used, General Electric®, model voluson 730 expert, to which the tissue thicknesses measured up in 15 medium and paramedium craniofacial points, which were correlated by the parameters of sex and age. The results of the measurement of the tissue thicknesses showed significant differences between age groups and between sexes. Significant differences were not observed, between the persons of the same sex of the same age group
Keywords : Forensic; Facial reconstitution; Soft-tissue thicknesses; Identification.