Ercole Di Martino

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PURPOSE To develop and evaluate a protocol for the anatomic depiction and functional testing of the auditory tube with the use of MR imaging. METHODS Eleven volunteers were included into this study. For the morphological assessment, the imaging protocol included axial and coronal T2-weighted turbo-spin echo sequences (TR/TE = 3194/100 ms) and a(More)
In contrast to most of the clinical examinations, the In Sec. II we introduce a novel approach where the transmis-sonotubometric assessment of the Eustachian tube function allows sion link between the nose and the ear is excited with so-called the registration of the tube opening at the perforated, as well as perfect sequences (PSEQ) [1], [2]. The(More)
Isolated congenital malformations of semicircular canals are rare abnormalities. Most inner ear abnormalities occur in syndromes and are associated with hearing loss. Unilateral or bilateral single aplasia of one semicircular canal does not usually result in vertigo, but these become clinically important if there are clinical complaints of vertigo. Computed(More)
The purpose of the study was to obtain reference values for the sizes of anatomical structures of the inner ear on computed tomography (CT) images and to compare these values with those obtained from patients with Menière's disease. CT images of the temporal bone of 67 patients without inner ear pathology and 53 patients with Menière's disease have been(More)
CONCLUSION Sonotubometry with perfect sequences (PSEQ) was able to detect eustachian tube (ET) openings in both normal and pathological ears. Impaired ears showed ET openings in almost all cases; however, these proved to be not only less frequent, but also with lower amplitude and shorter duration. OBJECTIVES To investigate the function of impaired ET(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of T2-weighted three-dimensional turbo spin-echo (TSE) images, maximum intensity projections and three-dimensional volume-rendered images for delineation of semicircular canal dehiscence. In 26 patients with dehiscence of the superior and/or posterior semicircular canal and 26 control patients, TSE images(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to develop a step-by-step approach for endoscopic examinations of the eustachian tube on awake patients and to report anatomic and functional findings. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS Convenience sample of seven individuals without a history of ear disease. INTERVENTION(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the current study was to compare 3-dimensional T2-weighted turbo spin-echo (TSE) axial slices, maximum-intensity projections (MIPs), and volume-rendered images with respect to the delineation of pathologic findings and anatomic structures of the inner ear. Each of the compared image types was available at 2 different resolutions. (More)
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