Unlocking the jaw: Advanced imaging of the temporomandibular joint

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OBJECTIVE. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a common condition, affecting up to 28% of the population. The TMJ can be affected by abnormal dynamics of the disk-condyle complex, degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and crystal arthropathy. Less commonly, neoplasms and abnormal morphologic features of the condyle are causes of TMJ symptoms. Cross-sectional imaging is frequently used for diagnosis. CONCLUSION. Knowledge of the normal imaging appearance of the TMJ, its appearance on radiological examination, and interventional techniques are useful for providing a meaningful radiologic contribution. This article will review normal TMJ anatomy; describe the normal ultrasound, CT, and MRI appearances of TMJ; provide imaging examples of abnormal TMJs; and illustrate imaging-guided therapeutic TMJ injection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1058
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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