Director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center and Associate Professor of Voice (Baritone) and Vocal Pedagogy David Meyer, D.M., recently published the article, “High-resolution three-dimensional hybrid MRI + low dose CT vocal tract modeling: A cadaveric pilot study” (DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2022.09.013), in the Journal of Voice. The manuscript is in production and will be available online mid-October.
Meyer led an international team of researchers from the University of Iowa, University of Arizona, University of Utah and Royal Holloway University of London that created 3D models of the airspace in the throat using accelerated high-resolution MRI combined with ultra-low dose CT scans. When these two modalities were combined, a hybrid 3D representation of the vocal tract was produced at greater anatomical resolution than has yet been achieved. These models have many applications in voice research and education, and it is hoped this paper will aid learning and deepen understanding of the physiology of voice production.