Towne view (skull AP axial view)

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan


Shunt survey. Normocephalic patient.

Patient Data

Age: 17Y
Gender: Male

Normal skull AP axial (Towne) view.

Right-sided ventricular shunt catheter.


Diagram of the skull Towne view. Modified image from Gray's anatomy via Wikimedia Commons. The original image can be seen at (

Case Discussion

The Towne view allows better frontal evaluation of the posterior fossa region than a standard nonangled frontal skull view. The lambdoid suture is better evaluated than on nonangled views.

The addition of a Towne view to skull AP and lateral views has been thought to result in better sensitivity for detecting skull fractures than an AP and lateral view alone. 

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Case information

rID: 37238
Published: 30th May 2015
Last edited: 19th Sep 2015
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