Automated age estimation from MRI volumes of the hand

Darko Stern, Christian Payer, Martin Urschler

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Highly relevant for both clinical and legal medicine applications, the established radiological methods for estimating unknown age in children and adolescents are based on visual examination of bone ossification in X-ray images of the hand. Our group has initiated the development of fully automatic age estimation methods from 3D MRI scans of the hand, in order to simultaneously overcome the problems of the radiological methods including (1) exposure to ionizing radiation, (2) necessity to define new, MRI specific staging systems, and (3) subjective influence of the examiner. The present work provides a theoretical background for understanding the nonlinear regression problem of biological age estimation and chronological age approximation. Based on this theoretical background, we comprehensively evaluate machine learning methods (random forests, deep convolutional neural networks) with different …
Original languageEnglish
Article number 101538
JournalMedical Image Analysis
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • BioTechMed-Graz

Cite this