Microanatomy of the cochlear hook

Changyow Claire Kwan, Xiaodong Tan, Stuart R Stock, Carmen Soriano, Xianghui Xiao, Claus-Peter Richter*

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopments in X-Ray Tomography XI
EditorsGe Wang, Bert Muller
ISBN (Electronic)9781510612396
StatePublished - 2017
EventDevelopments in X-Ray Tomography XI 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 8 2017Aug 10 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherDevelopments in X-Ray Tomography XI 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Cochlear hook
  • MicroCT
  • Microanatomy
  • Synchrotron radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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