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Microanatomy of the cochlear hook
Author(s): Changyow Claire Kwan; Xiaodong Tan; Stuart R. Stock; Carmen Soriano; Xianghui Xiao; Claus-Peter Richter
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Paper Abstract

Communication among humans occurs through coding and decoding of acoustic information. The inner ear or cochlea acts as a frequency analyzer and divides the acoustic signal into small frequency bands, which are processed at different sites along the cochlea. The mechano-electrical conversion is accomplished by the soft tissue structures in the cochlea. While the anatomy for most of the cochlea has been well described, a detailed description of the very high frequency and vulnerable cochlear hook region is missing. To study the cochlear hook, mice cochleae were imaged with synchrotron radiation and high-resolution reconstructions have been made from the tomographic scans. This is the first detailed description of the bony and soft tissues of the hook region of the mammalian cochlea.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10391, Developments in X-Ray Tomography XI, 103910B (25 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275187
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Changyow Claire Kwan, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine (United States)
Xiaodong Tan, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine (United States)
Stuart R. Stock, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine (United States)
Carmen Soriano, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Xianghui Xiao, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10391:
Developments in X-Ray Tomography XI
Bert Müller; Ge Wang, Editor(s)

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