An Overview of Three Dimensional (3D) Technologies in Forensic Odontology


  • Gargi Jani Laboratory of Forensic Odontology, School of Forensic Science, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar – 382007, Gujarat
  • Wenona Star Lavin Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  • Suresh Ludhwani Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar – 382422, Gujarat
  • Abraham Johnson Laboratory of Forensic Odontology, School of Forensic Science, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar – 382007, Gujarat



Digital Reproduction, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Odontology, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning.


Three-dimensional (3D) modalities are frequently applied in forensic practice as it tends to give complete information of the evidence merely by touching which has resulted in increased usage in legal medicine and forensic sciences. A number of sub-disciplines of forensic science utilises 3D modalities in an inter-disciplinary manner viz. forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, forensic odontology, crime-scene investigation, pattern analysis and recovery, courtroom visualisation and ballistic comparison. With appropriate knowledge and utilisation of 3D scanning, modelling and printing technologies, innovative approaches can be implemented for identification in forensic cases. Given that these technologies are evolving rapidly and changing the face of forensic science, the present article collates current developments, working and applications of non-contact scanning techniques, modeling and 3D printing techniques.


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Jani, G., Lavin, W. S., Ludhwani, S., & Johnson, A. (2020). An Overview of Three Dimensional (3D) Technologies in Forensic Odontology. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 12(1), 56–65.



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