Temporal bone (Stenvers view)

Last revised by Dr Francis Deng on 02 Sep 2022

Stenvers view is an oblique radiographic projection used to demonstrate the petrous temporal bone, internal acoustic meatus, and bony labyrinth. Fine slice multi-detector CT of the petrous bone has replaced the Stenver view due to far superior anatomic detail. It was also used to assess electrode placement following the insertion of a cochlear implant, but has been succeeded by the modified Stenvers view.

The central beam is positioned 45 degrees with the plane of IR and 12 degrees cephalad.

A similar projection can be obtained on reconstructed CT images, approximated by an oblique coronal projection. 

History and etymology

The view is named after Hendrik Willem Stenvers (1889–1973), a physician from Utrecht, the Netherlands, who trained in psychiatry and neurology and ran the University Clinic's Röntgen department 2. He developed the now eponymous projection to study pontine angle tumors during the 1910s.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: stenvers view
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