Method and Database to Create Facial Approximations in Forensic Investigations


Invention Summary

The invention is to use lateral cephalometric measurements (radiographic analysis) as a “fingerprint” to match an individual in an extensive orthodontic record database. The premise is that if skull measurements match, there is high likelihood that facial appearances will also closely match.


Market Opportunity

Forensic evidence is an indispensable part of most criminal investigations. The need to reduce the backlog of forensic evidence will necessitate greater funding for forensic technologies.


Features & Benefits

• Forensic investigators can rapidly produce facial approximations from the starting point of a skull, in contrast to the current methods of clay reconstruction by specialized artists.

• The process can be performed in minutes compared to the months required using conventional means. In addition, costs are dramatically reduced and images are available immediately for distribution.


Application Filed

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John Minnick
Business Development Officer
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
James Mah
Medical Devices
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