ArticlePersonal Identification Based on Radiographic Vertebral FeaturesKahana, T. Ph.D.; Goldin, L. M.D.; Hiss, J. M.D.Author Information From the Division of Identification and Forensic Science, Israel Police, Headquarters, Jerusalem (T.K.), and the National Centre of Forensic Medicine, affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (L.G., J.H.), Israel. Manuscript received March 6, 2001; accepted June 28, 2001. Address correspondence and reprint requests to T. Kahana, Ph.D., National Center of Forensic Medicine, 67 Ben Zvi St., PO Box 49015, Tel Aviv 61490, Israel. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2002 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 36-41 Buy Abstract Personal identification of human remains constitutes about 10% of the normal caseload of any forensic medicine practice. Identification can be achieved by a variety of methods, one of which is the comparison of antemortem and postmortem radiographs. There are numerous accounts of cranial and dental radiographic features useful for identification, whereas the availability of postcranial radiographs and especially plates that depict the vertebral column is less widespread among the forensic community. The authors here review the various vertebral features instrumental in positive identification that can be identified on radiographs of the spine. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.