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Skeletal Maturity Indicator

  • Chronological age is often not sufficient for assessing the developmental stage and somatic maturity of the patient.
  • The biological age is determined from the skeletal, dental and morphologic age and
  •     the onset of puberty.
  • Due to individual variations in timing, duration and velocity of growth, skeletal age assessment is essential in formulating viable orthodontic treatment plans.
  • Assessment of the skeletal age is often made with the help of a hand radiograph which can be considered the Biological clock.
  • Hand wrist region is made up of numerous small bones. These bone show a predictable and scheduled pattern of appearance, ossification and union from birth to maturity. Hence, this region is one of the most suited to study growth.

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