In the 1980s, scientists developed the technology that allows for high-resolution scanning of the temporal bone. Computed tomography (CT) scans, multiple detector computed tomography (MDCT) scans, and similar methods subsequently developed to allow healthcare professionals to capture valuable details on the structure of the bone, a critical part of the head’s anatomy.
Research has shown that the anatomical characteristics of this bone often vary from person to person, but beyond these differences, radiologists have developed techniques for identifying inflammatory diseases. These infections typically manifest in one of four areas: the external, middle, or inner ear, or the petrous apex.Another classification made is the acute or chronic nature of the infection – “chronic” generally applies to infections that have not resolved after three months.
When radiologists detect these inflammations, imaging technology allows for detecting their complications like brain involvement or bone destruction.