Hand Bone Age
A Digital Atlas of Skeletal Maturity

96 Seiten, 2. Auflage, 201277 Abbildungen
Easy-to-use digital atlas
Gold standard for bone age assessment
Idealized, sex- and age-specific images of skeletal development
iPhone/iPad App available for separate purchase and use...
Bone age assessment is frequently performed in pediatric patients to evaluate growth and to diagnose and manage a multitude of endocrine disorders and pediatric syndromes. For decades, the determination of bone maturity has relied on a visual evaluation of the skeletal development of the hand and wrist, most commonly using the Greulich and Pyle atlas. With the advent of digitalimaging, multiple attempts have been made to develop image-processing techniques that automatically extract the key morphological features of ossification in the bones to provide a more effective and objectiveapproach to skeletal maturity assessments. However, the design of comput-
er algorithms capable of automatically rendering bone age has been impeded by the complexity of evaluating the wide variations in bone mineralization tempo, shape and size encompassed in the large number of ossification centers in the hand and wrist. Clearly, developing an accurate digital reference that integrates the quantitative morphological traits associated with the different degrees of skeletal maturation of 21 tubular bones in the hand and 8 carpal bones in the wrist is not an easy task. In the development of this digital atlas, we circumvented the difficulties associated with the design of software that integrates all morphological parameters through the selection of an lternative approach: the creation of artificial, idealized, sex- and age-specific images of skeletal development.
The models were generated through rigorous analyses of the maturation of each ossification center in the hands and wrists of healthy children, and the construction of virtual images that incorporate composites of the average development for each ossification center in each age group. This computer-generated set of images should serve as a practical alternative to the reference books currently available.
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