Magnetic resonance imaging of the olfactory apparatus

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994 Aug;120(8):869-72. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1994.01880320069015.


The magnetic resonance imaging visualization of the olfactory apparatus is reported in this article. We used a superconductor-type magnetic resonance device (Siemens Magnetom H15 (1.5 T) with a surface coil. The subjects were patients with posttraumatic anosmia. The olfactory bulbs were clearly visualized in the frontal plane magnetic resonance images, the olfactory bulbs and the foramina of the cribriform plate were visualized in the sagittal section, and the olfactory bulbs, tracts, and other structures were visualized in the coronal sections. The olfactory nerves could not be seen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / pathology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Frontal Lobe / pathology
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
  • Olfaction Disorders / etiology
  • Olfaction Disorders / pathology*
  • Olfactory Bulb / pathology
  • Olfactory Pathways / pathology*
  • Parietal Lobe / pathology
  • Temporal Lobe / pathology