Radiology

Using X-Rays To Evaluate Growth

An x-ray of the left hand and wrist is often used to evaluate the skeletal maturity of a child or teenager. The level of skeletal maturity can then be compared to the patient’s chronological age to see if they are growing faster or slower than expected. The x-ray allows doctors to see growth centers which change in number, size, and shape as the patient ages.

Can you put the following bone age x-rays in the correct order from the youngest to the oldest patient?

Contributions by Dr. Susan Sharp and edited by Tim O’Connor, (Informatics Director).

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