Diagnostic Imaging of Temporal Bone Cancer

  • J. Matthew Debnam


This chapter describes the imaging techniques used to evaluate tumors affecting the temporal bone, the imaging features of these tumors, and the appearance of the treatment site. First, a basic description of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography/computed tomography, and ultrasonography for the evaluation of lesions involving the temporal bone is provided. Second, the imaging features of tumors involving the ear, preauricular region, and external auditory canal—namely, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are discussed. The imaging features of the more common tumors arising directly from the temporal bone—including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and giant cell tumor as well as those more common in children—are also discussed. Also described is perineural tumor spread to the fifth and seventh cranial nerves from diseases arising from, invading, or metastasizing to the parotid. Finally, the radiographic characteristics of reconstructive flaps and treatment effects are provided.


Temporal bone Parotid gland Sarcoma Perineural spread Flap reconstruction Treatment effects 



We thank Bryan Tutt for editorial assistance with the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of NeuroradiologyThe University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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