The Use of Radio-Frequency Identification Tags for Labeling Dentures—Scanning Properties

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The inclusion of radio-frequency identification (RFID)-tags within dental prostheses has been suggested as means of effectively labeling such devices and permitting rapid and reliable identification of the wearer. Previous studies have suggested that patients will accept denture labeling and recognize the need for such systems. However, they demand systems that are aesthetic, durable, and secure. One concern over the use of RFID-tags is that they could be scanned by third parties without the patient’s knowledge. This study categorizes the scanning patterns of RFID-tags both in vitro and in vivo to provide data for patients for the consent process and for forensic dentists to ensure that they are scanning prostheses optimally. The results demonstrate that the RFID chips can only be read when the interrogator is in close proximity to the denture and thus should alleviate any concerns over privacy issues. However, evidence obtained from both the literature and experiments suggests that authorities must agree upon a unified standard for chip and reader specifications and protocols in order to avoid cases in which RFID-tags may fail to be read by an incompatible reader.

Keywords: dentures; forensic dentistry; forensic sciences; human identification; privacy; radio-frequency identification

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Dentistry, The University of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6FH, UK.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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