A standardized method of X-ray CT for sagittal splitting osteotomy of the mandibular ramus
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A useful standardized method of X-ray computed tomography (CT) was proposed for the preoperative examination of sagittal splitting osteotomy of the mandibular ramus. In our assessment conducted for cases of mandibular prognathism operated on by a modified technique, the most informative CT image of the mandibular ramus was provided by the scans between the upper and lower dentitions in the open mouth position at which the scan-plane angulation was given as parallel to the dentition in each jaw. These sections enabled preoperative assessment on the mesio-lateral thickness of the marrow space and the positional relationship between the ramal cortices and the mandibular canal together with other geography of the ramal bone structure. Using these CT images, the plane of sagittal osteotomy is predictable. A technique for obtaining standardized CT slice is proposed in this report.
Key WordsX-ray computed tomography Mandibular prognathism Sagittal splitting Osteotomy
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