Multidetector CT of temporal bone fractures

Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2012 Oct;33(5):418-31. doi: 10.1053/j.sult.2012.06.006.


Temporal bone fracture is a relatively common finding among trauma patients. Before the development of high-resolution multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) imaging, fractures of the skull base and temporal bone were a challenge to diagnose clinically. With current imaging technology, most such fractures are easily detected, and the challenge now lies in predicting the severity of injury and possible complications. In this review, we discuss the detection and classification of temporal bone fractures, their distinction from pseudofractures, and the role of imaging in establishing prognosis, particularly with respect to complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Temporal Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Temporal Bone / injuries*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*