Thursday, March 08, 2007

Mid line Calcification

Craig, here are some more pics of the calcification with the reference frames. Wide end of triangle is field of view.


Blogger Paul Jaquith said...

The pineal gland is a reddish-gray body about the size of a pea (8 mm in humans), located just rostro-dorsal to the superior colliculus and behind and beneath the stria medullaris, between the laterally positioned thalamic bodies. It is part of the epithalamus.

The pineal gland is a midline structure, and is often seen in plain skull X-rays, as it is often calcified.

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Blogger Eric Iwamoto said...

It seems many people are having some technical difficulties with the new blogger format and are unable to sign in. Dr. Tamini asked me to post her comment and I would like to give you her background.
Dr. Dania Tamini received her Doctorate of Medical Sciences and certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2005. She was a resident of oral and maxillofacial radiology at Harvard and a resident of Oral pathology in Saudi Arabia. Her research fellow was in the bone cell biology laboratory and the Center of Molecular Imaging, both at Harvard. Dr. Tamini is also a personal trainer, yoga/pilates/ spinning instructor and is currently an oral radiology consultant. Don't miss Dr. Tamini's scheduled presentation at the annual AADMRT meeting in Texas later this fall. Dr. Tamini asked me to post this comment on her behalf:

"If you haven't spent some time in medical or dental school, that definition of the pineal gland may be confusing. A picture speaks a thousand greek/latin words. Here is a good image of the location of this gland:

The pineal gland is responsible for the secretion of melatonin (the hormone that regulates the circadian rhythm). Its calcification has been associated with the diminishing of sense of direction in humans and in pigeons (homing is impaired).

The location and shape of this calcification is correct for a pineal gland calcification. Think pine nut (pineal) with a wide base in the center of the skull.

In yoga, it is associated with the location of the third eye center (the seventh chakra or spinning energy disc). It is supposed to be the seat of intuition and foresight in the human body. I thought that little tidbit may be interesting."


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