Imaging of temporomandibular joint: Approach by direct volume rendering

Antonino Marco Cuccia, Carola Caradonna, Daniele Bruschetta, Gianluigi Vaccarino, Demetrio Milardi

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Materials and Methods: We have studied the temporom-andibular joint anatomy, directly on the living, from 3D images obtained by medical imaging Computed Tomography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance acquisition, and subsequent re-engineering techniques 3D Surface Rendering and Volume Rendering. Data were analysed with the goal of being able to isolate, identify and distinguish the anatomical structures of the joint, and get the largest possible number of information utilizing software for post-processing work.

Results: It was possible to reproduce anatomy of the skeletal structures, as well as through acquisitions of Magnetic Resonance Imaging; it was also possible to visualize the vascular, muscular, ligamentous and tendinous components of the articular complex, and also the capsule and the fibrous cartilaginous disc. We managed the Surface Rendering and Volume Rendering, not only to obtain three-dimensional images for colour and for resolution comparable to the usual anatomical preparations, but also a considerable number of anatomical, minuter details, zooming, rotating and cutting the same images with linking, graduating the colour, transparency and opacity from time to time.

Conclusion: These results are encouraging to stimulate further studies in other anatomical districts.

Background: The purpose of this study was to conduct a morphological analysis of the temporomandibular joint, a highly specialized synovial joint that permits movement and function of the mandible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)ZC105-ZC109
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 20 2014


  • Computer generated
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Three-dimensional Imaging
  • TMJ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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