Geometric characterization of the laryngeal cartilage framework for the purpose of biomechanical modeling

N. Tayama, K. Kaga, R. W. Chan, I. R. Titze

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Some new anatomic data on the laryngeal cartilage framework have been obtained for the biomechanical modeling of the larynx. This study attempted to define and measure some biomechanically important morphometric features of the laryngeal framework, including both the human and the canine laryngeal frameworks, because the canine larynx has been frequently used as an animal model in gross morphology and in physiological experiments. The larynges of 9 men, 7 women, and 9 dogs were harvested and dissected after death. Linear and angular geometric measurements on the thyroid cartilage, the cricoid cartilage, and the arytenoid cartilage were made with a digital caliper and a protractor, respectively. The results are useful for constructing quantitative biomechanical models of vocal fold vibration and posturing (abduction and adduction), eg, continuum mechanical models and finite-element models of the vocal folds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1154-1161
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Anatomy
  • Arytenoid cartilage
  • Cricoid cartilage
  • Laryngeal framework
  • Morphometric measurement
  • Thyroid cartilage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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