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Is the course of the inferior alveolar nerve deducible from the shape of the mandible?
 

Summary: Is the course of the inferior alveolar nerve deducible
from the shape of the mandible?
S. Zachow a
, H. Lamecker a
, B. Elsholtz b
, M. Stiller b
a
Zuse-Institute Berlin (ZIB), Medical Planning Systems, zachow@zib.de
b
Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charité, Campus Benjamin Franklin
Abstract. In a predominant amount of cases in orthodontics and orthognathic surgery,
from the removal of wisdom teeth or cysts up to osteotomies, two-dimensional imaging
is the first, and often the only method of the diagnostic process. However, without
knowing the exact course of the mandibular nerve, the risk of an unintended lesion
during an intervention is considerably high. This becomes even more relevant with an
increasing number of cases, and complications, in dental implantology and orthognathic
surgery. Hence, three-dimensional imaging such as cone beam tomography or DVT is
increasingly employed. Within this study we are going to analyze the three-dimensional
courses of the mandibular nerves statistically, aiming to provide knowledge about the
potential course of the mandibular canal for two-dimensional imaging, thus extending

  

Source: Andrzejak, Artur - Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences