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January 1988

Noninvasive Imaging of the Normal Temporal Bone: Comparison of Sagittal Surface Coil Magnetic Imaging and High-Resolution Computed Tomography

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology (Drs Bie, Koltai, and Parnes), and the Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology (Drs Wood and Roberson), The Albany (NY) Medical College; and the General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center, Schenectady, NY (Drs Schenk and Hart).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(1):60-62. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860130064016

• High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is a noninvasive technique for evaluating the middle ear for primary and recurrent cholesteatoma. However, a limitation of HRCT is that it cannot differentiate between cholesteatoma and granulation tissue. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, nonradiologic technique that has been effective in demonstrating histochemical differences between various soft tissues. We present images from a normal living subject's temporal bone in the sagittal plane obtained with both HRCT and MRI. Anatomic correlates in the same cut planes are presented. The HRCT provided excellent detail of the bony landmarks within the temporal bone and was used as the reference for the MRI. The soft-tissue structures such as cranial nerves, cochlea, vestibule, and semicircular canals were identified.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;114:60-62)