Three-dimensional reconstruction of a levator claviculae muscle

Surg Radiol Anat. 1994;16(3):303-5. doi: 10.1007/BF01627686.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neck Muscles / anatomy & histology*
  • Neck Muscles / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed