Forensic Odontology and Bitemark Analysis Webinar Archive

Virtual | September 28, 2023

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The Forensics Training and Technical Assistance (Forensics TTA) Team hosted a webinar on September 28 titled, Forensic Odontology and Bitemark Analysis, presented by Dr. Richard M. Scanlon, DMD.

Dr. Scanlon is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Forensic Odontology. He has served as a Chief Deputy Coroner, a Regional Forensic Odontologist, and a member of various sub-committee and review panels, to include the FBI’s Dental Image Repository Review Panel and the American Society of Cold Case Investigations. Dr. Scanlon has served as a Chairman on various hospital Executive Committees and was the President of the Medical Staff at Lewistown (PA) Hospital for 3 years. He has co-directed the dental identification of many mass-casualty events, including United Flight 93 (September 2001) and Hurricane Katrina (August 2005). He has over 4,500 hours of forensic continuing education, and received a U.S. Army Scholarship while attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with his doctorate in 1974. Dr. Scanlon is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International College of Dentists.

During this webinar, attendees learned about the following:

  • History of Forensic Odontology and its importance
  • Concept of Dental Identification and relevant nomenclature
  • Numerous case studies and key takeaways
  • Bitemark analysis and investigative considerations
  • Comparison methods and available resources