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Abstract #1289

Age Estimation with the Greulich-Pyle Atlas using 3T MR Images of Hand and Wrist

Thomas Widek1,2, Pia Genet3,4, Thomas Ehammer1, Eva Scheurer5, and Thorsten Schwark1,6

1Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical Forensic Imaging, Graz, Austria, 2Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria, 3University Centre of Legal Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4University Centre of Legal Medicine, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland, 5Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Basel - Health Department Basel-Stadt, Basel, Switzerland, 6Department of Forensic Medicine, Laboratoire national de santé, Dudelange, Luxembourg

Bone age estimation of the hand is very common both in a forensic context and for clinical purposes. Currently, this is done by assessing plain X-rays of the hand. This is a controversial issue, especially in the forensic context, as legal proceedings lack a medical indication for the use of ionizing radiation. The aim of the current study was to validate the use of the X-ray based Greulich-Pyle atlas method on hand MR images in a healthy male cohort. The results show that the application of the Greulich-Pyle method is feasible and that it can be used in daily routine.

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