A Novel Marker Based Method to Teeth Alignment in MRI

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  • Jean Marc Luukinen
  • Daniel Aalto
  • Jarmo Malinen

  • Naoko Niikuni
  • Jani Saunavaara
  • Päivi Jääsaari
  • Antti Ojalammi

  • Riitta Parkkola
  • Tero Soukka
  • Risto Pekka Happonen

Research units

  • University of Turku
  • Turku University Hospital
  • University of Alberta
  • Nihon University
  • Misericordia Hospital


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely capture the anatomy of the vocal tract. However, the crowns of teeth are not visible in standard MRI scans. In this study, a marker-based teeth alignment method is presented and evaluated. Ten patients undergoing orthognathic surgery were enrolled. Supraglottal airways were imaged preoperatively using structural MRI. MRI visible markers were developed, and they were attached to maxillary teeth and corresponding locations on the dental casts. Repeated measurements of intermarker distances in MRI and in a replica model was compared using linear regression analysis. Dental cast MRI and corresponding caliper measurements did not differ significantly. In contrast, the marker locations in vivo differed somewhat from the dental cast measurements likely due to marker placement inaccuracies. The markers were clearly visible in MRI and allowed for dental models to be aligned to head and neck MRI scans.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
Number of pages7
JournalMeasurement Science Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Dental imaging, Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI markers, teeth superposition, vocal tract imaging

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