Anatomy Monday: Vascular Markings 6


I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted anatomy so this week I wanted to show a fun case of prominent vascular markings noted in the cranium on a cone beam CT scan.   Check it out below.

vascular markings sagittal cranium CBCT

Note the ‘tree branch’ appearance at the superior aspect of this sagittal view. (This is a 5 mm slice)

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks and enjoy!


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6 thoughts on “Anatomy Monday: Vascular Markings

  • brazila

    As always a good post.
    I have a question – unrelated to this post but can you please clarify for me?
    what exactly is the white line in a panoral radiograph. I have always thought it to be the palate ( palata lprocess of the maxilla) producing a white line due to its curvature as the beam rotates around the patient.
    I have looked at your OPG anatomy series and I am not sure about this feature?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez Post author

      It sounds as if you are describing the hard palate / floor of the nasal cavity which produces a radiopaque line superior to the maxillary teeth on a pantomograph. You appear to have it correct. 🙂

  • Praveen

    A question that may not be related to this post
    when you see prominent vascular markings in the anterior mandible inter foraminal zone – or the so called incisive canal – how significant is it when u place an implant?
    will there be excessive bleeding?
    will there be any numbness of the lip area or the lower alveolus?

    • Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez Post author

      Based on a few conversations I’ve had with those who have placed implants into this location, I have not heard of any excessive bleeding issues but have heard of a few cases of numbness. I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly review this topic in the research so please take this as my little bit of information I’ve come across regarding this topic. Thanks. 🙂

    • Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez Post author

      I am not aware of any reports on the incidence but I have not had a chance to do a thorough evaluation of the research out there.