Jakob Kreutner1, Andreas J. Hopfgartner2, Julian Boldt3, Kurt Rottner3, Ernst J. Richter3, Peter M. Jakob1, Daniel Haddad4
1Research Center Magnetic-Resonance-Bavaria, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 2Experimental Physics 5, University of Wrzburg, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 3Prosthodontics, Dental School, University of Wrzburg, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 4MRB Research Center, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany
Precise knowledge of the course of the mandibular nerve is necessary for choosing correct positioning and size of dental implants. Using a 3D Turbo Spin Echo with Local Look, allows 0.5mm isotropic resolution within 6.5 minutes scan time. The nerve canal can be easily traced due to the high contrast to the surrounding bone marrow. Distances can be easily quantified and a 3D reconstruction can be done.