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Radiologe. 1999 Dec;39(12):1044-50.

[Magnetic resonance tomography in dental radiology (dental MRI)].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung für Osteologie/MR-Institut, Universitätsklinik für Radiodiagnostik, Universität Wien.



To demonstrate the usefulness of Dental-MRT for imaging of anatomic and pathologic conditions of the mandible and maxilla.


Seven healthy volunteers, 5 patients with pulpitis, 9 patients with dentigerous cysts, 5 patients after tooth transplantation and 12 patients with atrophic mandibles were evaluated. Studies of the jaws using axial T1- and T2-weighted gradient echo and spin echo sequences in 2D and 3D technique have been to performed. The acquired images were reconstructed with a standard dental software package on a workstation as panoramic and cross sectional views of the mandible or maxilla.


The entire maxilla and mandibula, teeth, dental pulp and the content of the mandibular canal were well depicted. Patients with inflammatory disease of the pulp chamber demonstrate bone marrow edema in the periapical region. Dentigerous cysts and their relation to the surrounding structures are clearly shown. After contrast media application marked enhancement of the dental pulp can be found.


Dental-MRT provides a valuable tool for visualization and detection of dental diseases.

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