Radiographic anatomy of the rabbit skull with particular reference to the tympanic bulla and temporomandibular joint: part 1: lateral and long axis rotational angles

King, A.M., Cranfield, F., Hall, J., Hammond, G. and Sullivan, M. (2010) Radiographic anatomy of the rabbit skull with particular reference to the tympanic bulla and temporomandibular joint: part 1: lateral and long axis rotational angles. Veterinary Journal, 186(2), pp. 232-243. (doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2009.09.002)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2009.09.002

Abstract

Radiography is frequently used to investigate otitis media and dental disease in rabbits, although there are few detailed reports regarding the radiographic anatomy of the rabbit skull. The aim of this study was to document rabbit skull radiographic anatomy, with particular reference to the tympanic bulla (TB) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and to identify views that allowed optimal assessment of these areas. Equipment was used that allowed repeatable positioning of skulls at known rotational angles in lateral (lateral to rostrocaudal) and long axis (lateral to ventrodorsal) directions. The views were repeated with lead markers attached to anatomical features and cadaver heads. The TB could be best examined between 30° and 60° in both planes. The TMJ was best visualised between 70° and 90° in a lateral direction, particularly along a true rostrocaudal plane, but could not be imaged well at any of the long axis rotational angles. Similar images were obtained using cadavers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:King, Dr Alison and Sullivan, Professor Martin and Hammond, Dr Gawain
Authors: King, A.M., Cranfield, F., Hall, J., Hammond, G., and Sullivan, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Journal
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd
ISSN:1090-0233
ISSN (Online):1532-2971

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