Dental radiographs for age estimation in us asylum seekers: Methodological, ethical, and health issues

Farzana Kapadia, Jacqueline Stevens, Diana Silver

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Abstract

Unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum status in the United States are often forced to undergo dental radiographs, or x-rays, to verify that they are younger than 18 years. The application of third molar dental radiographs is methodologically flawed and should not be employed as a determinant of chronological age. Furthermore, the use of such tests without obtaining informed consent from either the youth or an objective advocate is unethical. Finally, the legal and health consequences of these inappropriately applied tests are severe and jeopardize the safety and security of these vulnerable minors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1786-1789
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume110
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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