Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood

G. Valerio, E. Barbi, F. Braida, M. Savoia, A. Morittu, L. Mastidoro, G. Fogolari, G. Tancredi, E. Campailla, A. Tenore

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Objectives. To evaluate ultrasound bone velocity in a large sample of healthy and normal weight school children. Methods. Ultrasound bone velocity (AD-SOS) measured on the distal metaphysis of the first phalanges (digits II-V) of the hand was evaluated in 310 children (151 boys and 159 girls) aged between 3 and 11 years. All children were pre-pubertal. Subjects with obesity or any other disease known to influence bone structure or density were excluded. Possible relationships between AD-SOS and age or anthropometric data (height, weight) were also sought. Results. Mean AD-SOS values were 1893 ± 44 m/sec in boys and 1896 ± 40 m/sec in girls. An age-dependent increase in AD-SOS was found in both boys (r 0.76, p <0.0001) and girls (r 0.75, p <0.0001). A positive correlation was found between AD-SOS and weight (boys: r 0.67, girls r 0.55; p <0.0001) or height (boys: r 0.75, girls: r 0.69; p <0.0001). When anthropometric parameters were expressed as height-SDS or relative BMI, no significant relationship was found. Conclusions. Ultrasound methods are able to detect the age-dependent variations in bone structure. It may be useful for the prevention and diagnosis of bone diseases in children. This study provided reference data on AD-SOS in a healthy, pre-pubertal Italian population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-765
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume27
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001

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Bone and Bones
Weights and Measures
Bone Diseases
Hand
Obesity
Population

Keywords

  • Bone mineral density
  • Children
  • Ultrasounds

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Valerio, G., Barbi, E., Braida, F., Savoia, M., Morittu, A., Mastidoro, L., ... Tenore, A. (2001). Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 27(5), 762-765.

Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood. / Valerio, G.; Barbi, E.; Braida, F.; Savoia, M.; Morittu, A.; Mastidoro, L.; Fogolari, G.; Tancredi, G.; Campailla, E.; Tenore, A.

In: Italian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 27, No. 5, 10.2001, p. 762-765.

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Valerio, G, Barbi, E, Braida, F, Savoia, M, Morittu, A, Mastidoro, L, Fogolari, G, Tancredi, G, Campailla, E & Tenore, A 2001, 'Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood', Italian Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 762-765.
Valerio G, Barbi E, Braida F, Savoia M, Morittu A, Mastidoro L et al. Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood. Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2001 Oct;27(5):762-765.
Valerio, G. ; Barbi, E. ; Braida, F. ; Savoia, M. ; Morittu, A. ; Mastidoro, L. ; Fogolari, G. ; Tancredi, G. ; Campailla, E. ; Tenore, A. / Evaluation of ultrasound bone velocity in childhood. In: Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2001 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 762-765.
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