Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 119–123

Roentgenographic indicators of skeletal maturity in marine mammals (Cetacea)

  • J. A. Ogden
  • G. J. Conlogue
  • A. G. J. Rhodin
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00347376

Cite this article as:
Ogden, J.A., Conlogue, G.J. & Rhodin, A.G.J. Skeletal Radiol (1981) 7: 119. doi:10.1007/BF00347376

Abstract

A new roentgenographic classification (grading) scheme is presented for utilization in studies of skeletal development and maturation in marine mammals, particularly cetaceans. This is based on adequate description of the extent of development and maturation of the various secondary ossification centers, their eventual patterns of fusion, and subsequent remodeling with the metaphysis. The six stages are illustrated schematically and roentgenographically. This scheme may be applied to any cetacean longitudinal bone developing proximal and distal epiphyseal ossification centers.

Key words

Physis Epiphyseal ossification Physiologic epiphyseodesis Skeletal maturation Comparative anatomy 

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© International Skeletal Society 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Ogden
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. J. Conlogue
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. G. J. Rhodin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery (Orthopaedics), Skeletal Growth and Study UnitYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Marine Mammal Stranding and Study CenterYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Section of Orthopaedic SurgeryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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