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Br J Radiol. 1994 Sep;67(801):848-51.

Reproducibility of bone ages when performed by radiology registrars: an audit of Tanner and Whitehouse II versus Greulich and Pyle methods.

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Department of Radiology, Hull Royal Infirmary, UK.


This audit analysed the Tanner and Whitehouse II twenty bone (TW2) method of bone age assessment which was used in our department, and compared it with the Greulich and Pyle (GP) method. 50 previous bone ages were independently re-calculated by each of three registrars using both techniques, with the time taken to perform each assessment being recorded. For each method the interobserver variation was analysed in terms of the spread of results. The intraobserver variation in TW2 was determined by comparing the bone age originally reported with that subsequently calculated on the same film by the same registrar. The average spread of results was 0.74 years for TW2 method, and 0.96 years for the GP method and this difference is not statistically significant at the 5% level. The average intraobserver variation to TW2 was 0.33 years, but with 95% confidence limits of -0.87 to +1.53 years. The average time taken was 7.9 min for TW2 and 1.4 min for GP assessments. It was concluded that the GP method gave similar reproducibility and was faster than the TW2 method. Following clinical discussion the routine departmental bone age assessment method was changed from the TW2 to the GP method.

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