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Temporal Bone Imaging

Fruauff, Kristen MD; Coffey, Kristen MD; Chazen, J. Levi MD; Phillips, C. Douglas MD

Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: February 2015 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 39–55
doi: 10.1097/RMR.0000000000000044
Review Articles

Temporal bone imaging is performed for a variety of clinical conditions addressed in the outpatient and acute care setting ranging from hearing loss to trauma. Recent advances in magnetic resonance technology have enhanced the assessment of fine anatomic temporal bone detail and improved the diagnostic sensitivity for important pathology. For example, non–echo planar diffusion weighted imaging increases detection rate and diagnostic confidence of recurrent cholesteatoma. This chapter will focus on relevant temporal bone clinical entities and new MR developments that have come into clinical practice.

From the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

Reprints: Kristen Fruauff, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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