Evaluation of the usefulness of the limited cone-beam CT (3DX) in the assessment of the thickness of the roof of the glenoid fossa of the temporomandibular joint

Kazuya Honda, Y. Arai, M. Kashima, Y. Takano, K. Sawada, K. Ejima, K. Iwai

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Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the limited cone-beam X-ray CT (3DX) (Morita Co., Japan) in measuring the thickness of the roof of the glenoid fossa (RGF) of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Material and methods: Twenty-one TMJs removed at autopsy from 21 cadavers were investigated macroscopically using dissection and 3DX imaging. A Digimatic Outside Micrometer and a 3DX-image tool were used to measure the minimum thickness of the RGF. Multiple measurements were made to identify the thinnest area. Once the thinnest areas had been identified, three linear measurements were made and the average value was used for statistical analysis. Results: The average macroscopic examination measurement was 1.37 mm (range 0.55-3.6 mm) and the average 3DX image measurement was 1.22mm (range: 0.51-3.0 mm). There was no significant difference between these two groups using the Mann-Whitney U-test (P < 0.05). The Spearman's correlation coefficient by rank between these two groups was r = 0.93(P < 0.001). Conclusion: These results suggest that bone thickness measurements of the RGF by 3DX imaging was effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalDentomaxillofacial Radiology
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • Autopsy specimens
  • Limited cone beam X-ray CT
  • Roof of glenoid fossa

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