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March 1987

A Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomographic Scanning and the Evaluation of the Anterior Skull Base

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Chapel Hill, NC

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(3):247. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860030023001

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At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Inc in San Antonio, Tex, Paul A. Levine, MD, presented the experience of the University of Virginia regarding the evaluation of the anterior skull base utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and high-resolution computed tomographic (CT) scanning. Dr Levine pointed out that economic considerations make it imperative that we delineate the clinical situations in which MRI is distinctly superior to high-resolution CT scanning to ensure the most cost-effective utilization of these diagnostic techniques. It was shown that recent articles asserted the superiority of MRI in head and neck imaging, along with the accepted fact that MRI provides improved imaging of the central nervous system.

During the course of his discussion, Dr Levine stated that bony boundaries are more easily visualized on CT scans and that these studies are more readily available in most hospitals than are MRI

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