During routine radiological examination of a 72 year-old woman a soft-tissue shadow in the left posterior triangle of the neck was observed. Three-dimensional reconstruction of this structure suggested that it might be a muscular variant: a levator claviculae muscle. In our case it took origin from the upper part of the cervical column and was inserted into the lateral third of the clavicle. With this example as a background, the general significance of anatomical muscular variants for modern imaging techniques is discussed.
- Computed tomography
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Three-dimensional reconstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging