European Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 1505–1513 | Cite as

Computed tomography of the inner ear: size of anatomical structures in the normal temporal bone and in the temporal bone of patients with Menière’s disease

  • Gabriele A. KrombachEmail author
  • Martin van den Boom
  • Ercole Di Martino
  • Thomas Schmitz-Rode
  • Martin Westhofen
  • Andreas Prescher
  • Rolf W. Günther
  • Joachim E. Wildberger
Head and Neck


The purpose of the study was to obtain reference values for the sizes of anatomical structures of the inner ear on computed tomography (CT) images and to compare these values with those obtained from patients with Menière’s disease. CT images of the temporal bone of 67 patients without inner ear pathology and 53 patients with Menière’s disease have been evaluated. CT was performed in the sequential mode (1-mm slice thickness, 120 kV, 125 mA). Anatomical structures, such as the length and the width of the cochlea and of the vestibule, the height of the basal turn, the length and the width of the cochlear, the vestibular and the singular aqueduct and the internal auditory meatus and the diameter of the semicircular canals, were measured, using a dedicated postprocessing workstation. Reference values from the control group could be obtained. In the patients with Menière’s disease, the length and the width of the vestibular aqueduct were smaller, compared with the values from the control group. The values obtained from the control group can serve as reference values for adult patients. The different sizes of anatomical structures of the control group and of patients suffering from Menière’s disease suggest that functional impairment might be related to subtle morphological changes.


Inner ear Reference values Computed tomography 



We thank Claudia Weiss from the Institute for Medical Statistics for assistance with the statistical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriele A. Krombach
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin van den Boom
    • 1
  • Ercole Di Martino
    • 2
  • Thomas Schmitz-Rode
    • 1
  • Martin Westhofen
    • 2
  • Andreas Prescher
    • 3
  • Rolf W. Günther
    • 1
  • Joachim E. Wildberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University HospitalUniversity of Technology (RWTH) AachenAachenGermany
  2. 2.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity of Technology (RWTH) AachenAachenGermany
  3. 3.Institute of AnatomyUniversity of Technology (RWTH) AachenAachenGermany

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