MRI Mastery Series: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Content reviewed: August 1, 2018
4.25 CME
book bookmark 2 Series
video player 33 Videos
166 Minutes

Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 35 Topics

To access course

Join Premium Free Trial

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  •       Apply appropriate search patterns to ensure high quality case assessment 
  •       Identify key anatomical landmarks, variations, and abnormalities on imaging
  •       Accurately interpret advanced imaging cases
  •       Formulate definitive diagnoses and limited differentials
View CME activity information

TMJ MRI — Course Overview

Not much is scarier to a patient than a locked jaw. And for many of your colleagues, having to read a TMJ MRI (after not seeing any for a while) can be almost equally scary. You might be lucky enough to have informed DMD/DDS/oral surgeons who routinely order these, but it is likelier that they come around once in a while, and maybe one of your colleagues has “cornered the market,” leaving you with a less varied and interesting worklist.

This integral S-shaped joint with its various open and closed lock mechanisms, disc displacements, reduction and partial translation can be mastered with a reasonable amount of study. Changes in the architecture of the bone and articular cartilage generally result in older patients needing this study, women more so than men, but patients of any age can experience pain. Inflammation, osteoarthritis and internal derangement are common diagnoses, and the central location of the joint also makes it susceptible to effects from surgical procedures in the general area (e.g., parotidectomies). There’s much more than the maxilla and the mandible going on here – this is an opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from your colleagues by mastering this quirky joint and demonstrating your versatility.

Recapture the unique magic of TMJ MRI! Whether you see a fair number of temporomandibular joints or just want to be prepared for this less common but very useful study, we’ve combined our practical and visually memorable TMJ tutorials into a comprehensive anatomical and case review tour de force. Our diagrammatic illustrations of the joint mechanism are well-known for their clarity in depicting the surrounding anatomy as well as the mechanics. We include methodology not only for determining and grading the status of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding tissues, but also reviewing the “film edges” for other findings which could complicate your reporting. Our TMJ Mastery Series is the most efficient way to introduce yourself to this joint, or brush up on dormant skills. Your patient’s jaw may be clicking, but with the right CME resources your eye and brain can also be “clicking” with ready recognition of their TMJ joint status and the ability to describe it accurately and succinctly for your referring clinicians!

TMJ MRI Anatomy & Diagnosis Covered in this Course

  • Anterior band of disc
  • Anterior recess, Inferior compartment
  • Arthritis
  • Articular eminence
  • Chondromalacia
  • Comparisons of normal and abnormal joints
  • Condylar head
  • Condylar neck
  • Disc, intermediate zone
  • Dislocated articular discs
  • Inferior compartment
  • Inferior portion, Bilaminar zone
  • Joint capsule
  • Joint effusion
  • Lateral pterygoid muscle
  • Locking
  • Lymphoepithelial cyst (parotid)
  • Mandibular fossa
  • Mandibular ramus
  • Meniscal degeneration
  • Meniscal displacement
  • Posterior band of disc
  • Posterior recess of inferior compartment
  • Remodeled mandibular condyle
  • Rotational disc displacement
  • Subluxation
  • Superior compartment
  • Superior portion, Bilaminar zone
  • Wilkes TMJ disease (Class 4)
  • And much more…

Course Content

Expand All
Instructor Dr. Stephen J Pomeranz, MD
Chief Medical Officer, ProScan Imaging. Founder, MRI Online
ProScan Imaging
What your colleagues say

“I really enjoy this teaching format over the standard lecture. Looking at cases cold is so much more effective than watching someone show you pictures for hours. I love it.”

Dr. Derek Archer
Toronto, Canada

“The material is amazing. The best I have ever seen. Really advanced, yet explained in a simple way”

Dr. Miguel Nogueira
Porto, Portugal

“I believe you are a revolutionary organization that is positively disrupting the way we train future MRI radiologists. Well done.”

Dr. Rocki Doss
Perth, Australia