CT versus MR: still a tough decision

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2008 Feb;41(1):1-22, v. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2007.10.001.


CT and MRI are the two most widely used imaging modalities for evaluating head and neck pathology. There is continued controversy in the literature about which modality is superior for imaging different areas of the head and neck. This article summarizes the literature supporting the use of CT, MRI, or both for specific clinical scenarios in otolaryngology. Familiarity with the benefits and potential pitfalls of each modality allows referring physicians and radiologists to tailor imaging regimens to the needs of individual patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*