What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of acute otitis media (AOM)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Radiologic studies are generally unnecessary in uncomplicated AOM. However, CT scanning may be necessary to determine if a complication has occurred. MRI might be more appropriate for diagnosing suspected intracranial complications.


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