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Checklist of the temporal bone and lateral skull base CT-scan

Oct 10, 2022 | Magazine: Acta Otorrinolaringológica

Leticia Acle-Cervera  1 , Rocío González-Aguado  2 , Michael Bauer  3 , Celia Bernal-Lafuente  4 , Marta Drake-Pérez  5 , Manuel Manrique-Rodríguez  6 , Enrique Marco de Lucas  5 , Francisco Ropero-Romero  7 , Ignasi Sambola-Cabrer  8 , Rafael Sánchez-Fernández  9 , Luis Lassaletta  10


Computed tomography scan of the temporal bone is a fundamental imaging modality for both the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathologies affecting this complex structure. Temporal bone computed tomography scan provides a more detailed depiction of bone structures, compared with magnetic resonance imaging and, for this reason computed tomography scan is the imaging modality of choice in the planning of otological surgery.

The aim of this article is to present a checklist to allow the otolaryngologist to assess systematically and in an organized manner the main anatomical landmarks, anatomical variants, as well as the most common postoperative surgical changes, which can be identified before any safe otological surgery.

This revision was promoted by the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and elaborated in a checklist template divided into the different areas of the temporal bone and the lateral skull base.

CITATION  Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp (Engl Ed). 2022 Oct 10;S2173-5735(22)00095-3. doi: 10.1016/j.otoeng.2021.04.003