This anatomy seems to throw a lot of students off due to the radiopacity it presents as on pantomographs. Being that it’s a soft tissue entity many assume it’s bone as it shows up more radiopaque. This increased radiopacity is due to the ghost image of the opposite ramus.
The soft tissue of the ear presents as a radiopaque mass just distal or sometimes slightly superimposed over the ramus.
So here you go – three examples to see the soft tissue of the ear.
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