Vascular (Nutrient) Canals 1

Definition: Canals providing vasculature throughout the jaws.  They are typically seen running vertically.

Radiographic Features:

Location: Most commonly seen in the anterior mandible (areas of thin bone).

Edge: Well-defined.

Shape: Linear (either vertically or horizontally).

Internal: Radiolucent.

Other: None.

Number: Single or multiple.

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Vascular/nutrient canals

Vertical radiolucent lines between teeth (yellow arrow)

Vascular/nutrient canals – periapical radiographs

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