Assessments of inclinations of the mandibular fossa by computed tomography in an Asian population

Cheng Kuan Wu, Jui Ting Hsu, Yen Wen Shen, Jin Hua Chen, Wu Chung Shen, Lih Jyh Fuh

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This study aims to evaluate the inclinations of right and left sides the mandibular fossa in Asian population using computed tomography (CT) images and determine its effects according to the parameters of gender, age, and asymmetry. CT images of the heads of 198 Asian subjects [95 females aged 44.2 ± 20. 7 years, range 11-88 years; and 103 males aged 44.5 ± 19.7 years, range 15-98 years] were selected. The following eight parameters characterizing the inclinations of the mandibular fossa were measured by medical imaging software: anterior and posterior inclinations on the left and right sides on a sagittal view, and medial and lateral inclinations on the left and right sides on a coronal view. The anterior inclination was significant steeper in males than in females on both the left and right sides. A moderate positive correlation was found between age and anterior inclinations on the left and right sides. None of the other parameters were significantly affected by age or gender. None of the parameters differed significantly between the right and left sides of the mandibular fossa in males, females, or all subjects. The anterior inclination of the mandibular fossa was affected by aging and gender becoming steeper in Asians males than females. Besides, there were no asymmetry in the right and left side inclinations of the mandibular fossa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Oral Investigations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Age
  • Bilateral
  • Computed tomography
  • Gender
  • Mandibular fossa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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