Three-dimensional reconstruction of the temporal bone

Laryngoscope. 1990 Jan;100(1):1-4. doi: 10.1288/00005537-199001000-00001.


Study of the complex anatomy and pathology of the temporal bone has traditionally used microscopy which permits analysis in only two dimensions. Recent advances in bioimaging technology have permitted visualization and reconstruction of computed tomography images in three dimensions. We have developed a technique that applies this technology in the imaging and reconstruction of human temporal bones. Data taken from serial histologic sections of the temporal bone are entered into a computer. The sections are edited and, through the use of specially developed software, a realistic three-dimensional reconstruction is produced. The reconstructed image can be rotated along any of three axes, and structures within the temporal bone can be isolated for more detailed analysis. Applications for the study of pathologic conditions of the temporal bone will be discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / anatomy & histology
  • Chorda Tympani Nerve / anatomy & histology
  • Ear, Inner / anatomy & histology
  • Endolymphatic Duct / anatomy & histology
  • Facial Nerve / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Male
  • Microscopy / methods
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Petrous Bone / innervation
  • Software
  • Temporal Bone / anatomy & histology*
  • Video Recording