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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Winter 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 1

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Thermographic characterization of the asymptomatic temporomandibular joint

Gratt/Sickles/Shetty

Pages: 7-14
PMID: 8467300

This study used electronic thermography, an alternative diagnostic imaging modality, to assess the thermal image characteristics of the normal TMJ in 30 asymptomatic subjects. Assessments made included: thermal pattern recognition and symmetry, absolute temperature measurements and differences in absolute temperature measurements, and mean temperature measurements and differences in five anatomic zones. Results indicated the presence of a common thermal TMJ pattern in two thirds of patients, with variations from this pattern in the remaining patients. All TMJ thermal patterns demonstrated marked thermal symmetry, with delta T < 0.2 degrees C in the region of the TMJ and related regions of the face. This consistent symmetry demonstrated in normal subjects suggests that substantial thermal asymmetry may prove to be a reliable indicator of TMJ disease.

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