Normal Growth and Puberty

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The appearances of the female reproductive tract during infancy, childhood and adolescence are regulated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. During neonatal life and early infancy the development of the reproductive tract is stimulated by high levels of gonadotropins and oestrogen. During childhood, production of these hormones falls to rise again in late childhood and pubertal years. This chapter describes normal development, anatomy and diagnostic imaging appearances of the female reproductive tract in the context of the changes in hormone production that regulate development. Normal growth and bone maturation including the acquisition of bone mass is also discussed.


Bone Mineral Density Fallopian Tube Precocious Puberty Endometrial Thickness Broad Ligament 
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Inferior vena cava




Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate


Voiding cystourethrogram


Diffusion weighted-imaging


Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone


human chorionic gonadotropin


















Cubic centimetre






Spectral Adiabatic Inversion Recovery


Multifollicular ovary


Turbospin Echo










Computed Tomography


Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Magnetic Resonance


Standard deviation


Luteinising hormone


Follicle stimulating hormone


Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry


Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH)


Fundocervical ratio


Greulich & Pyle




Skeletal maturity score




Tanner-Whitehouse 2


Tanner-Whitehouse 3


Bone mineral density


Grams per square centimetre


Region of interest


Bone mineral content


Quantitative computed tomography


Quantitative ultrasound


Speed of sound


Broadband ultrasound attenuation




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAlder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of EndocrinologyAlder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK

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