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ECR 2018 / C-2384
Ultrasound evaluation of the mandibular condyle cartilage thickness and its influence on the temporomandibular joint and masseter muscle
Congress: ECR 2018
Poster No.: C-2384
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Radiographers, Musculoskeletal joint, Musculoskeletal soft tissue, Ultrasound, Experimental investigations, Efficacy studies, Tissue characterisation
Authors: R. A. M. Santos1, C. S. S. D. Silva2, S. F. C. Noite1, A. André1; 1Coimbra/PT, 2044/PT
DOI:10.1594/ecr2018/C-2384

Conclusion

 Temporomandibular joint ultrasound, although there is not literature about, proved to be a very reproducible imaging method, since excellent ICC values (ICC ≥ 0.750) were obtained for all measurements. The condyle head and the articular eminence were shown in the image as hypoechogenic structures and the bone margin and the capsule joint were visualized as hyperechogenic, as Mello, et al (2011) and Melis et al. (2007) showed in their studies (4,5). The articular disc presents with intermediate and homogeneous echogenicity, and it is in consonance with Mello, et al. (2011) (5). 

Ultrasound is a high reproducible method to evaluate the mandibular condyle cartilage, affordable and cost-effective diagnostic imaging method and could help on diagnostic of temporomandibular joint.

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