Aim: Evaluation of tongue movements during swallowing with a computer-aided, M-mode ultrasonography system in combination with a cushioning device. Subjects and Method: Motion pattern and activity duration of the tongue dorsum during swallowing were investigated in 55 volunteers. Results: The duration, amplitude and pattern of tongue movements during swallowing differed interindividually, whereas they were reproduced well intra-individually. We thus observed three characteristic variations in phases I and IIIb and two in phases IIb and IIIa. The movement pattern in phase IIa and in the rest phase was uniform. Conclusions: M-mode ultrasonography provides valid information on tongue movements without any side-effects and is thus a useful tool in the diagnosis and research of tongue functions in orthodontics and dentistry.
|Translated title of the contribution||Investigation of tongue movements during swallowing with M-mode ultrasonography|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|
- Cushion scanning method
- Tongue movements
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