La radiologia medica

, Volume 120, Issue 8, pp 731–736 | Cite as

Age estimation from canine volumes

  • Danilo De Angelis
  • Daniel Gaudio
  • Nicola Guercini
  • Filippo Cipriani
  • Daniele Gibelli
  • Sergio Caputi
  • Cristina Cattaneo


Techniques for estimation of biological age are constantly evolving and are finding daily application in the forensic radiology field in cases concerning the estimation of the chronological age of a corpse in order to reconstruct the biological profile, or of a living subject, for example in cases of immigration of people without identity papers from a civil registry. The deposition of teeth secondary dentine and consequent decrease of pulp chamber in size are well known as aging phenomena, and they have been applied to the forensic context by the development of age estimation procedures, such as Kvaal–Solheim and Cameriere methods. The present study takes into consideration canines pulp chamber volume related to the entire teeth volume, with the aim of proposing new regression formulae for age estimation using 91 cone beam computerized scans and a freeware open-source software, in order to permit affordable reproducibility of volumes calculation.


Forensic radiology Age estimation Dental age Teeth volume CBCT Canines 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical standards

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo De Angelis
    • 1
  • Daniel Gaudio
    • 1
  • Nicola Guercini
    • 2
  • Filippo Cipriani
    • 3
  • Daniele Gibelli
    • 1
  • Sergio Caputi
    • 3
  • Cristina Cattaneo
    • 1
  1. 1.LABANOF, Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense, Sezione di Medina Legale, Dipartimento di Scienze, Biomediche per la SaluteUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.ULSS N.6 Vicenza, Servizio di Genetica UmanaMilanItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Orali e Biotecnologiche, Facoltà di Medicna e ChirurgiaUniversità degli Studi G. D’AnnunzioChieti-PescaraItaly

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