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How accurate can an X-ray be in determining the actual age of a child between 10 and 18 years?
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Fair
While not 100% accurate, the manner in which the growth plates in humans develop and close during growth does adhere quite closely to a standard age range for each one.
We use an evaluation of both the open and closed physes to determine if a patient's osseous (or skeletal) age is consistent with his or her calendar age.

In brief: Fair
While not 100% accurate, the manner in which the growth plates in humans develop and close during growth does adhere quite closely to a standard age range for each one.
We use an evaluation of both the open and closed physes to determine if a patient's osseous (or skeletal) age is consistent with his or her calendar age.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: They don't
X-rays have been studied over time and correlated with the chronological age.
The wrist/hand has dozens of growth centers and the appearance and timing of closure can give a specific "BONE AGE" which correlated with when 50% +/- of the population would be at that chronological age. Hormonal/dietary and hereditary factors influence whether this bone age is advanced/equal or behind the actual age.

In brief: They don't
X-rays have been studied over time and correlated with the chronological age.
The wrist/hand has dozens of growth centers and the appearance and timing of closure can give a specific "BONE AGE" which correlated with when 50% +/- of the population would be at that chronological age. Hormonal/dietary and hereditary factors influence whether this bone age is advanced/equal or behind the actual age.
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