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Research Article

Study of 1st Costal Cartilage Calcification on Radiographs in South Indian Population as an Indicator of Age of Human-Beings

Pushpa MS1*, Roopa Kulkarni2, and C Sheshgiri2

Department of Anatomy, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Department of Anatomy, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

*Corresponding Author:
Pushpa MS, No-1810, 7th “A” Main road, 2nd stage, “E” Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore-560010, Karnataka, India. Mobile: +91 9900643266

Received date: 05 May 2013 Accepted date: 11 June 2013




Progressive calcification of costal cartilages exhibits age and sex distinctive pattern, hence it can be used in the identification of age and sex in living or from skeletal remains. Though the chest radiographs are routinely and extensively examined, costal cartilage calcification has not received a major attention in Radiology literature, more so in relation to age. In the present study on costal cartilage calcification in radiographs, various parameters, have been taken and elaborately analyzed to find the influence of age and sex on patterns of costal cartilage calcification. Some of these parameters have been found very useful, one of which is calcification of first costal cartilages which exhibit a definite pattern in relation to age. Therefore, this study will be useful for Anatomists, experts in forensic medicine and for physical anthropologists to determine the age and sex of an individual from the radiographs and skeletal remains of costal cartilages after the death.


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