Skeletal age assessment in children using an open compact MRI system
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2012
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Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume 69, Issue 6, pages 1697–1702, June 2013
How to Cite
Terada, Y., Kono, S., Tamada, D., Uchiumi, T., Kose, K., Miyagi, R., Yamabe, E. and Yoshioka, H. (2013), Skeletal age assessment in children using an open compact MRI system. Magn Reson Med, 69: 1697–1702. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24439
- Issue published online: 16 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 JAN 2012
- open compact MRI;
- imaging technique;
- skeletal age assessment;
MRI may be a noninvasive and alternative tool for skeletal age assessment in children, although few studies have reported on this topic. In this article, skeletal age was assessed over a wide range of ages using an open, compact MRI optimized for the imaging of a child's hand and wrist, and its validity was evaluated. MR images and their three-dimensional segmentation visualized detailed skeletal features of each bone in the hand and wrist. Skeletal age was then independently scored from the MR images by two raters, according to the Tanner–Whitehouse Japan system. The skeletal age assessed by MR rating demonstrated a strong positive correlation with chronological age. The intrarater and inter-rater reproducibilities were significantly high. These results demonstrate the validity and reliability of skeletal age assessment using MRI. Magn Reson Med, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.