Forensic odontologist have taken several leaps in recent years to simplify the diversity of dental characteristics to facilitate comparison and identification of individuals particularly following a mass disaster. The first reported computeraided dental identification system, Dental Identification Package was described by Kogon et al in 1974. Siegel et al (in 1977) proposed quantifying dental characteristics by giving weight to each in a changeable algorithm. This was followed by the introduction of Computer Assisted Postmortem Identification (CAPMI) program by Lorton et al which leads to publication of several programs with different matching philosophies. These computer programs have been assisting forensic odontologist in identifying victims of mass disasters by producing possible matches. This paper describes the different dimensions of computer application in Forensic dentistry.
Keywords: Dental Identification Package; Disaster Identification; ComputerAided AntiMortem Identification Systems; Forensic Dentistry.Corresponding Author
: Akhilanand Chaurasia*