Sternum Age Estimation with Dual Channel Fusion CNN Model

Fuat TÜRK1, Mustafa KAYA2, Burak Mert AKHAN2, Sümeyra ÇAYIRÖZ2 and Erhan ILGIT2

  1. Computer Engineering, Cankiri Karatekin University, Cankiri, Turkey
  2. Gazi University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey


Although age determination by radiographs of the hand and wrist before the age of 18 is an area where there is a lot of radiological knowledge and many studies are carried out, studies on age determination for adults are limited. Studies on adult age determination through sternum multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) images using artificial intelligence algorithms are much fewer. The reason for the very few studies on adult age determination is that most of the changes observed in the human skeleton with age are outside the limits of what can be perceived by the human eye. In this context, with the dual-channel Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) we developed, we were able to predict the age groups defined as 20-35, 35-50, 51-65, and over 65 with 73% accuracy over sternum MDCT images. Our study shows that fusion modeling with dual-channel convolutional neural networks and using more than one image from the same patient is more successful. Fusion models will make adult age determination, which is often a problem in forensic medicine, more accurate.

Key words

Sternum age; deep fusion CNN, CNN age estimation, dual channel fusion CNN, sternum with CNN

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Volume 20, Issue 1 (January 2023)
Year of Publication: 2023
ISSN: 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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TÜRK, F., KAYA, M., AKHAN, B. M., ÇAYIRÖZ, S., ILGIT, E.: Sternum Age Estimation with Dual Channel Fusion CNN Model. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 20, No. 1, 215–228. (2023),