Evaluation of Pharyngoesophageal Segment Using 320-Row Area Detector Computed Tomography

Pattra Wattanapan, Hitoshi Kagaya, Yoko Inamoto, Eiichi Saitoh, Seiko Shibata, Takatoshi Iida

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the shape and area of the pharyngoesophageal segment (PES) during swallowing using 320-row area detector computed tomography, which can acquire a volume data set covering a 16-cm area in a single rotation. Methods: Twenty healthy subjects were scanned during swallowing 3, 10, and 20 mL of honey-thick barium (5% w/v). PES was identified using cross-sectional images of 0.5-mm slice thickness, and the area in each section was measured. Results: The PES opening area and the anteroposterior and lateral diameters of the PES were volume dependent. However, there was no statistical difference in anteroposterior and lateral diameters between 3- and 10-mL bolus swallowing. Conclusions: Three hundred twenty–row area detector computed tomography provided new information about PES. This technique will facilitate further understanding of the mechanisms of PES opening and swallowing physiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-894
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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