December 2nd, 2022, Ola Kvist defended his thesis on
Magnetic resonance imaging and advanced imaging assessment of the growth plate in the adolescent and young adult
The growth plate is a cartilaginous structure located between the metaphysis and epiphysis in long bones. It is the centre for longitudinal growth. Longitudinal growth
has a biphasic pattern with a peak during foetal and early postnatal life and another peak during puberty. Growth finally stops after the pubertal growth spurt during late
adolescence. Longitudinal bone growth and the skeletal maturation process have traditionally been evaluated with radiographs. MRI has become an alternative since it
does not use radiation, visualizes both bone and cartilaginous tissue, and may visualize growth velocity using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).