LAYTON -- Braden Hall was hoping doctors at Davis Hospital and Medical Center would tell him he would reach at least 5 foot 10 inches by the time he's fully grown, so when they told him he could possibly reach 6 feet 2 inches, he was thrilled.
"He flew out of there on a little cloud," his mother Sharalee Hall said. "We're short people, so when they told him he still had room to grow he was very excited."
Hall took her 16-year-old son to a Height Predictor Screening clinic recently. B. Thomas Watson and Rodney Jay, both orthopedic surgeons at Davis Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, saw more than 140 kids in one day who wanted to know how tall they'd eventually become.
"We take an X-ray of the left hand," Watson said. "Using their current age and height, we are able to compare the growth plates and bones of the hand to scientific charts to determine how tall the child will be."
Braden's growth plates were still open, they said, which meant the Syracuse High School basketball player still had more growing room.
The X-ray procedure, called a bone age study, uses a very small amount of radiation, the doctors said. The bones on the X-ray are compared with images in a standard atlas of bone development, which is compared with large numbers of other kids of the same gender and age.