Reference values for radial bone width and mineral content using single photon absorptiometry in healthy children aged 4 to 10 years

Acta Paediatr. 1992 Jun-Jul;81(6-7):463-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1992.tb12275.x.


Bone width and mineral content were measured in 420 healthy Cambridge children aged 4 to 10 years using single photon absorptiometry. The results are expressed first in the form of standard centile charts, with additional prediction charts which provide body-size-adjusted estimates for the measurements, and interpretation centiles for comparing these estimates with the actual measurements. The values obtained are similar to those reported for American children aged five to six years after adjusting for body-size differences. We suggest that appropriate application of these prediction charts will facilitate the use of single photon absorptiometry in monitoring and treating children who have disorders of bone growth and mineralization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Age Factors
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Bone Density*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radius / anatomy & histology*
  • Radius / chemistry
  • Reference Values