Skull lateral view

Case contributed by Matt A. Morgan
Diagnosis not applicable

Presentation

Myleodysplastic syndrome. Skeletal survey.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female
x-ray

Normal skull lateral view. No lytic lesions.

Diagram

Diagram of the skull for a lateral view. Modified image from Gray's anatomy via Wikimedia Commons. "Gray190" by Henry Vandyke Carter - Henry Gray (1918) Anatomy of the Human Body. Bartleby.com: Gray's Anatomy, Plate 190. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gray190.png#/media/File:Gray190.png

Case Discussion

The lateral skull radiograph is part of many skull radiographic series. It is easy for the perpendicularity of the x-ray beam to the side of the patient's head to be malaligned. In a truly lateral view, the sella turcica should be in profile.

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