The main reasons for bone age assessment to be performed are to:
- Monitor skeletal development and therefore diagnose growth disorders.
- Predict final adult height.
- To verify age claims made by asylum seekers who have invalid age documents.
Manually predicting bone age from radiographs is a difficult and time consuming task. The aim of this project is to produce an automated bone age assessment system.
This procedure is undertaken by obtaining a radiograph of the patient's non-dominant hand. An examination of the skeletal development of the hand is then undertaken using one of two methods: Greulich and Pyle or Tanner and Whitehouse. These are found to be subjective and time-consuming, respectively, hence the need for an automated solution.
We propose the Automated Skeletal Maturity Assessment algorithm. This consists of 6 distinct stages:
Figure 1 summarises these stages. Using this modular approach allows us to investigate and make improvements to each stage individually.
Code and Data
The paper Automated Skeletal Maturity Assessment (ASMA): Modelling Bone Age from Hand Radiographs is currently under review.
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