Journal article

The skeletal maturity of Australian children aged 10-13 years in 2016

Rachel L Duckham, Nicola L Hawley, Christine Rodda, Timo Rantalainen, Kylie D Hesketh

ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Skeletal maturity can be used as a biological indicator of the tempo of growth in children and adolescents. We present a description of skeletal maturity from a cohort of white Australian children and describe variation in skeletal maturity based on child age. Participants (n = 71; age 10.5-13.9 years) were recruited from the 'Healthy, Active Preschool & Primary Years (HAPPY)' study. Left hand-wrist radiographs were used to determine skeletal maturity using the Tanner-Whitehouse III (TW3) RUS technique. In boys, the mean skeletal maturity offset (bone age - chronological age) was -0.12 ± 0.19 years and 57.9% had delayed skeletal maturity compared to chronological age. Among those with delaye..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Central Research Grant Scheme through Deakin University. KDH is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship [FT130100637].