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A 43-year-old male asked:

Do bone ages of the leg and torso plates have to be the same bone age of your hands or can they vary? example: hand bone age is 17, but leg age is 15.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hand is the standard: Over many decades growth studies have relied on the evaluation of hand x-rays because there are so many growth plates available for study. From the 8 wrist bones to each component of fingers & palm films were correlated with chronological age to determine who is behind/average/advanced toward the end of growth. Uniformity with other body sites is the norm. Don't expect growth when hands say no.
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