The facial nerve is affected by a wide variety of pathologies, including congenital, traumatic, inflammatory, and neoplastic conditions. Imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis of these pathologies. The facial nerve has a complex anatomy and course. A strong grasp of normal facial nerve anatomy is essential for the radiologist to maintain a high level of diagnostic sensitivity. This article details the normal imaging anatomy of the facial nerve and the imaging features of common facial nerve pathologies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging