Peak trabecular vertebral density: a comparison of adolescent and adult females

Calcif Tissue Int. 1988 Oct;43(4):260-2. doi: 10.1007/BF02555144.


To determine when spinal bone density reaches its peak, the trabecular vertebral density was assessed, via quantitative computed tomography, among females from two age groups: (1) adolescents (aged 14-19 years; N = 24); and (2) young adults (aged 25-35 years; n =24). The adolescent girls had a higher mean trabecular vertebral density (P less than 0.01), suggesting that spinal density reaches its peak around the time of cessation of longitudinal growth and epiphyseal closure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / anatomy & histology*
  • Organ Size
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / anatomy & histology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed