Computed tomographic anatomy of the temporal bone

C. Virapongse, S. L G Rothman, E. L. Kier, M. Sarwar

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With the recent development of high-resolution computed tomography (CT), there is a growing need to explore the full potential of this new method in demonstrating the detailed anatomy of the temporal bone. For this purpose, dry skulls with intact ossicles were scanned in axial and coronal projections. The detailed CT anatomy of the temporal bone was documented, complemented by images from live patients. Because of its superior contrast resolution, CT was able to demonstrate numerous structures, such as the tympanic membrane, ossicles, and supporting structures, hitherto never or poorly visualized by any other method. In addition, the ease by which axial sections of the temporal bone could be obtained is of great benefit in displaying several structures previously difficult to evaluate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-749
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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