Magnetic resonance imaging of the eustachian tube cartilage

Takeshi Oshima, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Yoko Hori, Tetsuaki Kawase, Toshimitsu Kobayashi

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Conclusion. No useful examination was available for morphological assessment of the eustachian tube cartilage (ETC) in living subjects, but evaluation of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging enables useful assessment of the eustachian tube (ET) and ETC during preoperative examination before ET surgery. Objectives. The objective of this study was to investigate the usefulness of MR imaging for analysis and assessment of the ETC. Subjects and methods. Analysis of MR images. Results. The ETC could be demonstrated by oblique parasagittal MR imaging in most subjects, but was poorly defined in others, particularly in aged subjects. The ETC appeared as a hook-shaped structure with wide variability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-514
Number of pages5
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Aging
  • Eustachian tuboplasty
  • Patulous eustachian tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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