Computed tomography of the middle ear in the evaluation of cholesteatomas and other soft-tissue masses: comparison with pluridirectional tomography

Radiology. 1983 Aug;148(2):465-72. doi: 10.1148/radiology.148.2.6867344.


Computed tomographic (CT) scans and tomograms of 60 patients with various soft-tissue masses of the middle ear, including 30 with cholesteatomas, were studied. CT produced excellent images of middle ear soft-tissue masses and appears to be the diagnostic method of choice for cholesteatomas, glomus tympanicum tumors, and other soft-tissue masses. In one patient CT demonstrated pneumolabyrinth resulting from postsurgical fracture of the footplate of the stapes. Pneumolabyrinth is a newly reported CT finding in stapes footplate fracture.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cholesteatoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ear Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ear, Middle / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*