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Experimental Study on the Atlanto-axial Joint and Related Structures with Regional Anatomy and Medical Imaging

With the combined use of anatomical and imaging methods, the subtle anatomy of the atlanto-axial joint and related structures as well as their relations can be clearly and directly observed.


Objective: To evaluate the anatomy and medical imaging characteristics in a study observing the atlanto-axial joint (AAJ) and related structures.

Methods: Eight cadaveric specimens of the AAJ segment were studied with both anatomical and imaging methods. The vertebral arteries of the AAJ segment (VA-A), the first and second cervical nerves (CN1, CN2) and synovial fold (SF) of the AAJ were observed and measured.

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e-Published: 05 Feb, 2014
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