International Journal of Forensic Odontology

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-

Analyzing bite marks using 3D scanners


M Dhanya 
 Department of Oral Medicine, Radiology and Special Care Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. M Dhanya
Department of Oral Medicine, Radiology and Special Care Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India




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Dhanya M. Analyzing bite marks using 3D scanners.Int J Forensic Odontol 2021;6:127-127


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Dhanya M. Analyzing bite marks using 3D scanners. Int J Forensic Odontol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 5 ];6:127-127
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With great interest, I read the article A systematic review of 3D scanners and computer assisted analyses of bite marks: Searching for improved analysis methods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the above-mentioned article, the author has explained the recent advancements of 3D scanners in analyzing bite marks.

The purview of bite marks in the department of forensic odontology is opening up in the forthcoming years and plays a key role in identifying medicolegal cases.[1],[2],[3] Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, gathering authentications for bite marks leads to subjection to exposure of COVID-19.[1] Even bite marks habitually undergo distortion, shrinkage, and warpage over time;[3] to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 and to avoid analyzing discrepancies, 3D scanners are used to reproduce results with more accuracy.[1] The 3D scanners help in minimizing the time consumption and give better compliance in recording.[1] It also helps in maintaining a digital record that can be assessed easily for any virtual unveiling in the court of law and also for any interfaces within the forensic members.

Laser scanning and optical surface scanners detect sharp edges and display results with higher resolution.[1]

And thus, 3D scanning has produced promising results in analyzing the bite marks with a greater degree of accuracy and is a safer method used in the forthcoming years of forensic science.[1],[2],[3]

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank the Department of Oral Medicine, Radiology and Special Care Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, for giving me this opportunity.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

References

1Vilborn P, Bernitz H. A systematic review of 3D scanners and computer assisted analyzes of bite marks: searching for improved analysis methods during the Covid-19 pandemic. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 2021:1-9.
2Rao DS, Ali IM, Annigeri RG. Bitemarks-A review. Journal of Dental Research and Review. 2016;3:31.
3Parimala D, Daniel MJ, Srinivasan SV, Kumaran JV. Analysis of time-dependent changes in Bitemarks on Styrofoam sheets. Contemporary clinical dentistry. 2015;6 (Suppl 1):S77.