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J Biomech. 2008 Aug 7;41(11):2581-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2008.05.023. Epub 2008 Jul 9.

Accuracy and precision of a method to study kinematics of the temporomandibular joint: combination of motion data and CT imaging.

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Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


The purpose of the study was to test the precision and accuracy of a method used to track selected landmarks during motion of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). A precision phantom device was constructed and relative motions between two rigid bodies on the phantom device were measured using optoelectronic (OE) and electromagnetic (EM) motion tracking devices. The motion recordings were also combined with a 3D CT image for each type of motion tracking system (EM+CT and OE+CT) to mimic methods used in previous studies. In the OE and EM data collections, specific landmarks on the rigid bodies were determined using digitization. In the EM+CT and OE+CT data sets, the landmark locations were obtained from the CT images. 3D linear distances and 3D curvilinear path distances were calculated for the points. The accuracy and precision for all 4 methods were evaluated (EM, OE, EM+CT and OE+CT). In addition, results were compared with and without the CT imaging (EM vs. EM+CT, OE vs. OE+CT). All systems overestimated the actual 3D curvilinear path lengths. All systems also underestimated the actual rotation values. The accuracy of all methods was within 0.5mm for 3D curvilinear path calculations, 0.05mm for 3D linear distance calculations and 0.2 degrees for rotation calculations. In addition, Bland-Altman plots for each configuration of the systems suggest that measurements obtained from either system are repeatable and comparable.

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