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The Repository of Antemortem Injury Response (REPAIR): an online database for skeletal injuries of known ages

NCJ Number
International Journal of Legal Medicine Dated: 2022
Carolyn V. Isaac; Jered B. Cornelison; Joseph A. Prahlow; Clara J. Devota; Erica R. Christensen
Date Published
January 2022

Since there are difficulties in procuring human fracture specimens of known posttraumatic survival times due to the rarity of evidence-based research on dating fractures, especially those of the cranial vault, the current article introduces a new database through which limitations imposed by sample procurement may be mitigated.


The Repository of Antemortem Injury Response (REPAIR) is a digitally accessible database of cranial vault fractures of known ages with extensive contextual information and visual documentation in the form of photography, radiography, and histological photomicrographs. This repository is a multifunctional tool that serves as a case submission portal for cranial fractures of known posttraumatic survival time, a sample database for research on fracture healing and rates of repair, a resource for comparative assessments of cranial fractures in forensic casework, and an educational tool for healing fracture histomorphology. (publisher abstract modified)