Usefulness of the opposite direction for Stenvers' method

Hirotoshi Maruyama, Tadamitsu Ideguchi, Hiroki Ohura, Toshiya Azuma, Shinichi Orita, Kazuhiro Amano, Yoshiharu Higashida

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In otorthinolaryngology, Stenvers' method is employed in radiography of the pyramid (internal acoustic meatus and semicircular canals). However, in cases of dizziness, where the prone position is difficult to achieve, we occasionally use the opposite Stenvers' method instead of the conventional one. This makes it possible to perform radiography with the patient in the supine position. Compared with the conventional Stenvers' method, the problems of this method were increases not only in the rate of magnification but also in lens dose. In this study, we evaluated these problems by employing computed tomography (CT) and a glass dosimeter with phantom as well as by clinical evaluation. The results showed no statistically significant difference between Stenvers' method and the opposite Stenvers' method in both the rate of magnification and the clinical evaluation. The increase in lens dose with the opposite Stenvers' method was not significant. We concluded that the opposite Stenvers' method was useful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-878
Number of pages7
JournalNippon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai zasshi
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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