Imaging in ENT (ears, sinuses, tongue, mouth, pharyngo-larynx...) requires both specific anatomical expertise and a good knowledge of the different pathologies.
CT and MRI scans are often complementary in ENT imaging, covering various facial pathologies, including salivary glands (parotid glands, salivary lithiasis…), sinuses (acute or chronic sinusitis, aspergillosis, nasosinus polyposis…), analyzing the mandible and masticator spaces (with the possibility of taking dynamic open- and closed-mouth images), as well as the upper aerodigestive tracts (tongue, pharynx, larynx, parathyroid and cervical ganglia).
The initial approach to pathologies of the ear and temporal bone (malformations, otosclerosis, hearing assessment prior to cochlear implant, cholesteatoma…) is through a CT-scan centered on the temporal bone, studying the different bone structures (ossicles, labyrinthine walls…), facial nerve canal. An additional MRI of the internal auditory canal may be necessary for a precise and detailed (sub-millimetric) anatomical analysis of the nerves and inner ear fluids and their pathologies (e.g., schwannoma of the VIII nerve, neurinoma, Meniere’s disease, assessment prior to cochlear implant…).
Doctor Aïna Venkatasamy is a radiologist and co-director of the IHU Strasbourg’s Medical Imaging Facility (GIE) alongside Professor Gallix. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Molecular Biology (Ph.D.). she has worked at the Strasbourg University Hospital, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg in Germany. She specializes in head and neck (ENT), body and oncology imaging.