The skull base is made of flat bones that separate the intracranial compartment from the extracranial head and neck owing to this unique location it can be affected both by intrinsic lesions originating from the bony elements of the skull base and by lesions originating outside the skull base proper or from trapped embryonic remnants. The skull base anatomy is complex numerous vital neurovascular structures pass through multiple channels and foramina located in the base skull with the advent of computerized tomography ct and magnetic resonance imaging mri accurate preoperative . The skull base is the major bony and soft tissue interface for the intracranial and extracranial compartments its anatomy is complex containing multiple traversing foramina that act as conduits for various neurovascular structures the optimum imaging modality depends on the specific diagnostic question and area of interest both ct and mr have complementary roles this article focuses on . Book description use todays latest technology and methods to optimize imaging of complex skull base anatomy this practical reference offers expert guidance on accurate preoperative lesion localization and the evaluation of its relationship with adjacent neurovascular structures. Imaging in skull base 1 the normal skull base 2 normal skull base o concept of fossa does not work well for the skull base because the bony anatomy spills over from one fossa to the next o perspective of individual bones components apertures transmitted structures 3
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