Anatomy Monday: Nasolacrimal Canal

The nasolacrimal duct is most commonly seen on occlusal radiographs specifically the anterior maxillary occlusal radiograph and standard maxillary occlusal radiograph.  It presents as an ovoid radiolucent area with a thin radiopaque border at the lateral edge of the nasal cavity in the region of the molars.

nasolacrimal duct occlusal radiograph with circle nasolacrimal duct occlusal radiographIf you have any questions or comments about the nasolacrimal duct and its appearance on radiographs, please leave them below. Thanks and enjoy!