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Abstract #3694

Comparative Study of a Professional Tenor in a Tilting MR-Scanner - Does Supine Position Change the Configuration of the Vocal Tract?

Michael Burdumy1, 2, Louisa Traser2, Marco Vicari, 13, Matthias Weigel1, Bernhard Richter2, Jrgen Hennig1, Maxim Zaitsev1, Matthias Echternach2

1Department of Radiology, Medical Physics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 2Department of Musicians' Medicine, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 3Esaote S.p.a., Genoa, Italy

Only recently MR Imaging has been used to investigate movement patterns in the vocal tract during singing. In our study we compare structures of the vocal tract of a professional tenor while either in supine or prone position using a tilting 0.25T MR-Scanner. The tenor was instructed to sing an ascending scale in both supine and prone position. Then, distances between anatomical landmarks were measured in the acquired sagittal images.