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By September 5, 2022Medical Animation

The Importance of a Lateral View of Eye

lateral view of eye

In a recent study, researchers used a lateral view of eye as a useful tool to assess the relationship between eye movements and facial features. Using an infrared eye-tracker, 80 participants were asked to freely gaze at 11 lateral images of the face for 10 s each. This data was used to transform the target fixation duration for each AOI into relative fixation across the entire face. The fixation differences between the cheeks and mouth were then assessed with Hotelling’s test of variance and post hoc t-testing.

MR Images

A lateral view of the eye is an important part of a neuroradiologist’s diagnostic tools. A high-field MR imaging can reveal the eye’s structure and optic nerve. This is possible with a 384 x 384-pixel, 12-slice image.

This view can also provide information about the eyelids. In this patient, a vascular malformation of the upper eyelid is seen in the lateral view of the right upper eyelid. It enlarges during the Valsalva maneuvers. Parasagittal Ti-weighted precontrast and postcontrast images reveal a sharply circumscribed racemose mass on the lateral aspect of the eyelid. In addition, the lesion’s extension into the orbital apex is clinically unexpected. After gadolinium therapy, the mass is shown to have a characteristic bright signal that represents the slowly flowing blood.

Another MR image of the eye can be useful in evaluating patients with suspected cystic disease of the eye. Cysts are hyperintense to the globe on the T1-weighted MR images due to the presence of cystic fluid. However, this condition is extremely rare.


MRI lateral view of eye images provide a detailed view of the eye and surrounding tissues. MRI data are often obtained through a MR imaging technique that uses a spoiled 3D FLASH sequence. This technique allows for the measurement of axial orbital length (AOL) from the anterior surface of the cornea and the central fovea of the retina. It can also demonstrate all ocular tissues from the cornea to the optic tract. However, optimization of the CNR and SNR of the sequence is necessary to provide clear visualization of these tissues.

The lateral view of the eye shows the lateral rectus muscle, optic nerve, superior ophthalmic artery, ciliary body, and anterior clinoid process. The superior rectus muscle is also seen. The lateral view of the eye allows the doctor to evaluate the ciliary body and its function.

Patients are required to remain extremely still throughout the entire MRI procedure. A small child or infant may be sedated to help them stay still during the examination. However, the sedation may cause low blood pressure and breathing problems in the child.

Lateral Radiographs

Radiologists typically place less emphasis on lateral radiograph analysis in their training. This is partly due to the fact that most of their training was conducted after CT became the primary imaging tool for the mediastinum and lungs, and high-resolution CT became the imaging gold standard. Thus, younger radiologists have less experience with lateral radiograph details.

If a patient has been injured in a way that has affected the eye, a lateral radiograph may be useful in evaluating the damage. Aside from looking for foreign bodies, radiologists may also look for abnormalities in the orbits and facial bones. They may also detect air or fluid within the paranasal sinuses. Radiographs of orbital bones are usually highly accurate in detecting even tiny fractures. Blowout fractures may cause bone fragments to overlap on the orbital floor and may opacify the sinuses.

Lateral radiographs may also reveal a person’s total lung volume. The size of a patient’s lungs on a lateral radiograph may correspond to the volume measured in a pulmonary function test. However, it is important to note that the volume of a patient’s lungs on a lateral radiograph will be diminished if they are temporarily unable to achieve full inspiration.

Sagittal Section Of Upper And Lower

The sagittal section of an upper and lower eye lateral view shows various structures that are present in the eyelids. It also shows the structures that lie within the lower limbus border. The right eye is also shown. The eyeball and optic nerve are located in the right orbit. Neurovascular structures and extraocular muscles are found in the right orbit. The limbus, the border of the eyelids, is bordered by the orbital septum and the bulbar fascia. These structures are surrounded by the sclera.

The lens is a transparent, 4 mm thick structure that is attached to the eyeball by a row of fibers called the ciliary muscle. This muscle changes the shape of the lens as it contracts. It has two chambers, the anterior chamber and the posterior chamber, and is located between the iris and the lens.

The right orbit receives innervation from four cranial nerves: the trochlear nerve, oculomotor nerve, and abducent nerve. The abducent nerve conveys presympathetic and parasympathetic fibers to the ciliary ganglion. The central retinal artery also provides blood to the optic nerve head.

Ocular Volume

The ocular volume is the area that surrounds the eyeball. It is made up of three parts: the cornea, the anterior chamber, the iris, and the lens. The posterior segment is made up of the choroid and retina. Each part has a different size and shape.

To calculate the volume of a lens, multiply the CSA of one half with the area of the other half. The A-P axis separates the two halves. The distance between the CSAs of the two halves is the diameter of a circle centered on the A-P axis.

The superior orbital fissure (SOF) is the largest communication between the middle cranial fossa and the orbit. It is visible on mid-axial scans. If the SOF is enlarged, it could indicate optic nerve meningioma with intracranial extension. It may also be caused by carotid-cavernous fistulas.

Pulmonary Veins

The pulmonary veins drain the lungs and carry oxygenated blood to the left atrium of the heart. The pulmonary veins arise from pulmonary capillaries that join together to form segmental veins. Each segment merges into two lower pulmonary veins and one upper pulmonary vein. The pulmonary veins also contain accessory veins.

The pulmonary veins join together vertically and descend toward the diaphragm. Below the diaphragm, they are obstructed. These veins are also called venules. The veins in the eye are located in a similar location.

The pulmonary hilum lies near the center of the medial surface of the lung. It is the largest of the three pulmonary veins. It connects to the thoracic vertebrae. It is deeply concave and contains the cardiac impression. The right pulmonary vein lies anterior to the left pulmonary artery and is the inferior of the two.

The pulmonary veins are part of the systemic circulation of the lungs. They receive deoxygenated blood from the lungs. They drain into the pulmonary veins through the azygos vein and the pulmonary veins.

Lacrimal Gland

The lacrimal gland is located posterior to the orbital margin. Occasionally, it prolapses, making it more prominent when examined. It is also an important organ that contributes to the production of aqueous tears. It receives its blood supply primarily from the ophthalmic artery, a branch of the internal carotid artery, and the infraorbital artery.

A diagnosis of lacrimal gland cancer depends on imaging and a biopsy. The biopsy is usually performed after the tumor is surgically removed to minimize the risk of the tumor spreading. However, if imaging is unclear, a preoperative biopsy is acceptable. In this case, the biopsy is performed from the superficial orbital lobe to avoid disturbing the drainage ducts.

The lacrimal gland is an almond-shaped structure that measures less than an inch in length. It is comprised of two lobes, a larger lobe called the orbital lobe and a smaller lobe called the palpebral lobe. It is divided by lateral aponeurotic fibers of the levator palpebrae superioris muscle. The palpebral lobe lies on the inner surface of the eyelid, while the orbital lobe is located on the outer surface of the eye.

In some cases, the lacrimal gland may be inflamed. This inflammation could be due to an inflammatory disease, such as sarcoidosis, which can affect the whole body. Imaging tests can reveal the lacrimal gland’s swelling and dysfunction. A doctor may also perform a nasal endoscopy to examine the tear ducts.

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