Cross-Sectional Imaging Anatomy of the Temporal Bone

  • Marc Lemmerling
  • Barbara Smet
  • Bert De Foer
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The temporal bone contains the external, middle and inner ear. In the middle ear the ossicles and a suspensory apparatus transfer the acoustic energy. In the inner ear the membranous labyrinth is embedded in the osseous labyrinth. The inner ear is responsible for hearing and balance. In this chapter we focus on the anatomy and radiologic anatomy of the temporal bone.


Tympanic Membrane Semicircular Canal External Auditory Canal Internal Auditory Canal Annular Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAZ St-Lucas HospitalGentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyGZA Hospitals Sint-AugustinusWilrijkBelgium

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