In this paper, we have presented a new image-processing system for the measurement of skeletal growth in pediatric radiology. From a standard posterior and anterior view radiograph, taken from a left hand, the proposed system first automatically locates the phalangeal region of interest, and thenmeasures the geometrical parameters associated withskeletal maturity. Finally, the bone age is estimated by using the standard phalangeal length table. Clinical studies reveal that the computer processinghas resulted in an objective and accurate assessment of skeletal age. It greatly improves the shortcomings, including inter- and intraobserver variationsand inaccuracy, reported in other research by manual methods. In conclusion, it is an inexpensive and useful tool for the evaluation of short-term abnormalities in the skeletal growth of children.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)