Jaw Phantom
Author: Oliver Watzke, IMP Erlangen



1. Aims

An anthropomorphic hip phantom is used to examine artifacts that occur in the region of the lower half of the head, especially those resulting from the high number of objects with high density and from metallic implants (crowns). A low contrast object in the tongue region serves to judge the detectability of cancers in this region.

2. Phantom Description

The phantom has been designed to display the most important structures in the jaw region with a minimal number of simple geometrical objects.
The Phantom has a height of 10 cm and a cross section of 12 X 18 cm.

The neck is a cylinder with cylindrical trachea and spine. While the trachea has a circular cross section the spine's cross section is elliptical and it is subdivided into vertebras.

At the chin the neck abruptly meets the oval head. The jaw consists of a lower and an upper part with two rows of teeth and a small gap in between. The trachea opens into a wider oval throat and mouth that is bounded by the tongue and the roof of the mouth above which the nose begins.

Among the 32 teeth 3 molars are replaced by crowns and one is removed so that a gap is left.
In the tongue region a spherical low contrast object is inserted representing a cancer.
The densities are as follows:

3. Images

Fig. 1. Vertical section of the jaw phantom at x = 0. Since this section is exactly along the y axis, no front teeth are visible.

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Figs. 2 a) - e). Vertical section of the jaw phantom at x = 0.

a) z = 0.5, the neck

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b) z = 3.5, the chin, lower jaw

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c) z = 5.5, the lower row of teeth, incl. three crowns

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d) z = 6.5, the upper row of teeth, incl. a gap

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c) z = 8.5, the upper jaw and roof of the mouth

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