Cone beam CT analysis of Haller cells: Prevalence and clinical significance

R. Mathew, G. Omami, A. Hand, D. Fellows, A. Lurie

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Objectives: Haller cells are anterior ethmoid air cells located in the medial orbital floor immediately lateral to the maxillary infundibulum. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the prevalence and relationship between the existence and size of these cells with ipsilateral maxillary sinusitis and orbital floor dehiscence as visualized on cone beam CT (CBCT) images. Methods: CBCT image volumes of 50 patients were retrieved and analysed. All CBCT images were acquired with a 9-inch field of view scan. x2 and Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel tests were used for statistical analysis of the obtained data, and p-values of <0.05 were considered to be statistically significant. Results: There was no statistically significant association between the existence and size of Haller cells and maxillary sinusitis. There was a significant association between Haller cells and orbital floor dehiscence. Conclusions: The explanation of maxillary sinusitis on the basis of mechanical obstruction is unlikely. This study provides evidence for the usefulness of CBCT scan in delineation of the sinonasal anatomy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20130055
JournalDentomaxillofacial Radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Cone beam CT
  • Haller cells
  • Maxillary sinusitis
  • Orbital floor dehiscence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Dentistry (all)


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