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Abstract #1576

Legal Majority Age Determination from MR Images of the Radius Bone

Darko Stern 1 , Thomas Ebner 1 , Eva Scheurer 2,3 , and Martin Urschler 1,2

1 Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Styria, Austria, 2 Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical Forensic Imaging, Graz, Styria, Austria, 3 Medical University of Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria

In forensic practice determination of legal majority age is getting an increasing interest, e.g. for dealing with asylum seekers without proper identification. Traditional methods based on X-ray investigations of bone ossifications have the drawback of exposure to harmful ionizing radiation. MR based techniques overcome this limitation. Together with detection, automatic feature extraction and age estimation based on machine learning, MR may eventually become a powerful tool in this context. A first step in this direction is presented, by investigating age estimation based on the ossification of the wrist radius bone in an automatic fashion.

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