The peripheral auditory system is subdivided into 3 compartments: the external, middle, and inner ear. Historically, the middle and inner ear have garnered more attention in the imaging literature, due to their intricate anatomy and complexity of pathologies. The external ear, however, has attained less recognition given its relatively straightforward anatomy and convenience of direct visual examination. The continued advancement in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging has expanded the role of radiology in the evaluation of the external ear lesions. The purpose of this article is to offer a comprehensive review of external ear pathologies, including congenital, inflammatory, infectious, traumatic, neoplastic, and rare disease entities and their imaging findings.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging