, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 260-262

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

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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<0.01), suggesting that spinal density reaches its peak around the time of cessation of longitudinal growth and epiphyseal closure.