Morphometric analysis of the infratemporal fossa using three-dimensional (3D) digital models

Huseyin Erdem (Lead / Corresponding author), Yigit Cevik, Nazire Kilic Safak, Roger W. Soames, Umur Anil Pehlivan, Neslihan Boyan, Ozkan Oguz

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Abstract

Purpose: The infratemporal fossa contains important neurovascular components and is directly related to other anatomical regions and structures. The morphometric distances between the bones forming its borders have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to determine the morphometry of the infratemporal fossa.

Methods: 3D models of the skull of 83 individuals were reconstructed from DICOM datasets, from which length, depth and width measurements were determined and compared between genders and the right and left sides.

Results: All measurements obtained were significantly different between males and females. There were also significant differences between the left and right sides for depth and width measurements.

Conclusion: This is the first study to determine and investigate measurements of the infratemporal fossa; as such it provides a comprehensive view of the morphology of the fossa. It provides valuable information for surgical interventions and differential diagnoses of pathologies in this region, as well as enhancing its understanding in medical education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729–734
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical and Radiologic Anatomy
Volume45
Issue number6
Early online date10 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • 3D analysis
  • Infratemporal fossa
  • Morphometric analysis
  • Skull base
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction

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