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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 298-304
Soft tissue attenuation in middle ear on HRCT: Pictorial review

Department of Radiology and Imaging, SRL Diagnostic Hitech Scan Centres, RS Puram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Arangasamy Anbarasu
SRL Diagnostic Hitech Scan Centres, 178 Bhasyakaralu Street East, RS Puram, Coimbatore - 641 002, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.111483

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Middle ear disease is a common clinical entity; imaging, especially High resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT), plays a crucial role in diagnosis and assessing the disease extent, helping to decide appropriate management. Temporal bone imaging is challenging and involves thorough understanding of the anatomy, especially in relation to HRCT imaging. Most of the middle ear pathologies appear as "soft tissue" on imaging. Careful analysis of the soft tissue on the HRCT is crucial in achieving the right diagnosis; clinical information is essential and the imaging findings need correlation with clinical presentation and otoscopic findings. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to enlist the pathologies that present as soft tissue in middle ear and to provide a structured and practical imaging approach that will serve as a guide for confident reporting in daily practice.

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