Sources of radiographic distortion in conventional and computed tomography of the temporal bone.
1998 (English)In: Dento-Maxillo-Facial Radiology, ISSN 0250-832X, Vol. 27, no 6, 351-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: To identify those bony regions of the glenoid fossa where, due to the inclination, there is an increased risk of radiographic distortion in conventional and computed tomography (CT).
METHODS: The inclination of the roof and posterior wall of the glenoid fossa was determined relative to established imaging planes. Measurements were performed on 50 corrected coronal MR and 50 axial CT images and 200 sagittal cryosections of 50 temporomandibular joints (TMJs). The location of regions with unfavourable bone wall inclination was identified using the condyle as a reference.
RESULTS: The inclination of parts of the fossa roof exceeded the limit for reliable depiction in corrected sagittal and coronal planes in 40% and 8% of the joints respectively. The inclination of parts of the posterior wall of the fossa exceeded the limit for reliable depiction in corrected sagittal and in true sagittal planes in 100% and 84% of the joints respectively. In 84% of the joints the inclination exceeded the limit for reliable depiction in the axial plane. For both bone walls the regions with unfavourable inclination were in the medial part of the joint.
CONCLUSIONS: The angulation of parts of the roof and posterior wall of the glenoid fossa in relation to established imaging planes makes them highly susceptible to distortion. The oblique coronal projection is well suited for depiction of the roof of the fossa and preferable to a sagittal projection. An oblique axial projection is required for the posterior wall.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. Vol. 27, no 6, 351-7 p.
oral and maxillofacial radiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90746DOI: 10.1038/sj/dmfr/4600392PubMedID: 10895634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-90746DiVA: diva2:731003