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Dent. J. 2017, 5(2), 14; doi:10.3390/dj5020014

Quantitative Analysis of Velopharyngeal Movement by Applying Principal Component Analysis to Range Images Produced by a Three-Dimensional Endoscope

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Minami-kogushi 1-1-1, Ube City, Yamaguchi 755-8505, Japan
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Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Maxillofacial Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, Kyushu University Hospital, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan
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Academic Editor: Claude Jaquiéry
Received: 20 December 2016 / Revised: 16 March 2017 / Accepted: 20 March 2017 / Published: 23 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Imaging, 3D Printing and 3D Virtual Planning in Dentistry)
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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop a new technique for analyzing velopharyngeal movement and to investigate its utility. Materials and Methods: Velopharyngeal motion of 20 normal individuals was analyzed. A three-dimensional (3D) endoscope was inserted into the oral cavity, and the movement of the soft palate was measured using an exclusive fixation device. Range images of the soft palate were produced during phonation of the Japanese vowel /a/, and virtual grids were then overlaid on these images. Principal component analyses were applied to the 3D coordinates of the intersections of the virtual grids. The centers of gravity of the virtual grids were calculated, and the magnitude of the shift of the grid intersections during phonation was calculated. Results: The first and the second principal component scores were responsible for the upper posterior direction and the upper direction, respectively. The average magnitude of the shift of the center of gravity was 4.75 mm in males and 4.33 mm in females. Conclusions: Quantitative analysis of velopharyngeal movement was achieved by a method of applying principal component analysis (PCA) to the range images obtained from a 3D endoscope. There was no sex difference in velopharyngeal movement. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D endoscope; velopharyngeal motion; range image; principal component analysis 3D endoscope; velopharyngeal motion; range image; principal component analysis
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Nakano, A.; Mishima, K.; Shiraishi, M.; Umeda, H.; Nakano, H.; Ueyama, Y. Quantitative Analysis of Velopharyngeal Movement by Applying Principal Component Analysis to Range Images Produced by a Three-Dimensional Endoscope. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 14.

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