Imaging Modalities for Lacrimal Disorders

  • Lakshmi Mahesh
  • Mohammad Javed Ali


Disorders of the lacrimal system are not uncommon. The spectrum of disease varies from congenital absence or aberrant anlage to acquired stenosis and obstructions of adult onset. Primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction with associated infection is relatively common, whereas certain other disorders such as primary sac and duct tumors are very rare. Radiologic evaluation of the lacrimal system has evolved over the past decades to include a variety of studies ranging from plain dacryocystography (Fig. 10.1) to digital subtraction dacryocystography (DCG), nuclear medicine isotope studies (dacryoscintigraphy (DSG)), lacrimal ultrasonography (USG), computed tomography (CT), combined CT-DCG, and magnetic resonance imaging DCG (MR-DCG) [1]. Technological advances and enhanced imaging processing has allowed development of techniques that provide three-dimensional visualization of the nasolacrimal duct system.


Nasolacrimal Duct Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction Lacrimal System Lacrimal Drainage System Coronal Reformat Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyManipal HospitalBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Dacryology ServiceL.V. Prasad Eye InstituteBanjara Hills, HyderabadIndia

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