Development of a 3D Learning Resource of the Pterygopalatine Fossa Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography For Dental Students
Casper, Ryan J.
Norton, Neil S.
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The pterygopalatine fossa is a pyramidal shaped fossa located between the infratemporal fossa and the nasal cavity. The major contents include the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve, the pterygopalatine ganglion, and branches of the 3rd part of the maxillary artery. The fossa is very difficult for students to visualize in textbooks and the gross laboratory. The increasing use of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dentistry has increased the ability of dental clinicians to visualize anatomical structures in multiple dimensions. The purpose of this study was to develop a 3D learning resource of the pterygopalatine fossa using CBCT for dental students.