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Morphometric characteristics and infant cranial sutures and fontanelles

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Time: Wed 2023-09-20 13.00 - 13.45

Location: Rum 7-7320, Hälsovägen 11 C, Huddinge

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Language: English

Participating: Siyuan Chen


Subject area: MTH's Research Seminars

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A limited number of morphometric properties account for individual variation in infant cranial sutures and fontanelles


Understanding the morphological differences of infant sutures and fontanelles is crucial for craniosynostosis treatment, head injury assessment, and forensic evaluations involving infant abuse.

However, existing research related to infant sutures and fontanelles can not quantitatively reveal the between-subject variability of cranial sutures and fontanelles among infants of all ages, and the core morphometric properties of infant sutures and fontanelles are still unclear.

Moreover, no corresponding reference currently exists to quantify the morphometric properties of infant cranial sutures and fontanelles during the stage of infant growth, in contrast to growth charts for anthropometric traits such as head circumference and height.

Here, we develop a statistical geometry model that accounts for morphological variations in infant sutures and fontanelles as a function of subject covariates.

Besides that, with the goal of establishing normative trajectories for the development of infant sutures and fontanelles, several suture morphometric metrics were quantified by centile scores, relative to non-linear trajectories of suture morphology changes over the whole age stage of infants.