Problem in diagnostic imaging: have you got the nerve?

Clin Anat. 1997;10(5):345-8. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2353(1997)10:5<345::AID-CA11>3.0.CO;2-K.


This article poses a diagnostic problem commonly encountered in neuroradiology and otolaryngology. The solution and ensuing discussion focus on the anatomy of the posterior cranial fossa (with emphasis on the cerebellopontine angle) and the relevant pathology. Current methods of imaging the posterior cranial fossa are explained and their relative merits discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebellopontine Angle / anatomy & histology*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Neuroma, Acoustic / diagnosis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods