, Volume 127, Issue 4, pp 839-841
Date: 14 Nov 2012

Radiographic assessment of age from epiphyseal fusion at knee joint

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Dear Editor,

We read with interest the recently published article entitled “Radiographic analysis of epiphyseal fusion at knee joint to assess likelihood of having attained 18 years of age” [1] and wish to congratulate the authors for presenting a radiographic scoring system to estimate the likelihood of an individual having attained 18 years of age from the assessment of epiphyseal union at the knee joint.

Estimation of age is one of the foremost criteria in the evaluation of unknown and commingled human remains [2]. Age estimation in living as well as dead may clarify issues with significant legal and social ramifications for individuals as well as for the community [3]. Estimation of the age of living individuals is an essential task in civil issues and criminal cases where the exact liability needs to be established. In Indian scenario, the age cutoff of 18 years is of special significance. In Indian criminal laws, as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 20 ...

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