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Innovative research estimates age

An EU-funded initiative developed a safer way to estimate human age from the bones and teeth of adolescents.
Innovative research estimates age
Medical images of teeth and bones can be used for reliable bone age estimation. In the past, X-rays (2D) as well as computed tomography images (3D) were used to estimate age. Unfortunately, these methods are associated with radiation exposure, which is particularly bad for young people.

The YOUTH (Adolescent age estimation from magnetic resonance images) initiative developed a method that uses magnetic resonance imaging to estimate age that is not associated with harmful radiation. They developed software that can automate age estimation by analysing hand bones, clavicles and wisdom teeth.

Researchers determined the legal majority age by scanning and measuring certain parts of the radius bone (one of the bones in the forearm). They then used statistical modelling to map and analyse the important features of the scanned images. Ultimately, this information is used to estimate age accurately.

This research can provide a safe, non-invasive method for age estimation in adolescents. There are other areas that can benefit from this research, such as applications in growth estimation and growth deficit.

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Age, bones, teeth, adolescents, age estimation, radiation, magnetic resonance imaging
Record Number: 181007 / Last updated on: 2016-04-12
Domain: Industrial Technologies