Vertebral morphometry: Normative data

J. C. Gallagher, L. R. Hedlund, S. Stoner, C. Meeger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

125 Scopus citations


Morphometric measurements of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae were carried out on spinal radiographs of 150 normal women. A normal range was established for each individual vertebra. There was no change in the anterior height of the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae with age but there was a small significant decrease in the posterior height of the lumbar vertebrae with age. This is unlike the pattern seen in osteoporotics in whom a decrease in anterior height of the vertebrae is the first clinical manifestation of spinal osteoporosis. At the present time diagnosis of an osteoporotic spinal fracture is usually based on a subjective decision. Normative data for the vertebral dimensions should help improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalBone and Mineral
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


Dive into the research topics of 'Vertebral morphometry: Normative data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this