Statement of the Problem: Bone age is a more accurate assessment for biologic development than chronological age. The most common method for bone age estimation is using Pyle and Greulich Atlas. Today, computer-based techniques are becoming more favorable among investigators. However, the morphological features in Greulich and Pyle method are difficult to be converted into quantitative measures. During recent years, metacarpal bones and metacarpophalangeal joints dimensions were shown to be highly correlated with skeletal age.
Purpose: In this study, we have evaluated the accuracy and reliability of a trained neural network for bone age estimation with quantitative and recently introduced related data, including chronological age, height, trunk height, weight, metacarpal bones, and metacarpophalangeal joints dimensions.
Materials and Method: In this cross sectional retrospective study, aneural network, using MATLAB, was utilized to determine bone age by employing quantitative features for 304 subjects. To evaluate the accuracy of age estimation software, paired t-test, and inter-class correlation was used.
Results: The difference between the mean bone ages determined by the radiologists and the mean bone ages assessed by the age estimation software was not significant (p Value= 0.119 in male subjects and p= 0.922 in female subjects). The results from the software and radiologists showed a strong correlation -ICC=0.990 in male subjects and ICC=0.986 in female subjects (p< 0.001).
Conclusion: The results have shown an acceptable accuracy in bone age estimation with training neural network and using dimensions of bones and joints.
Hamid Reza Pakshir (Google Scholar)