What is it used for?
In order to provide a good diagnosis followed by a correct treatment plan, sometimes a radiological examination is necessary, which is called orthopantomography of the dental arches, (commonly called a dental panoramic x-ray). This clinical examination can be used to identify pathologies that are invisible to the naked eye.
How does it work?
X-rays are emitted through a generator/tube with a cathode and an anode at each end; in between there is a difference in potential which enables the emission of ionising radiation. The beam goes through areas requiring examination and returns with a latent image which is then impressed on a film (analogical radiology), or on a CMOS/CCD sensor (digital radiology). The analogical or digital x-ray results in a two-dimensional (2D) image.
Digital videoradiography machines are increasingly widespread as they drastically reduce the patient’s exposure to x-rays while still generating high quality/resolution images in real time. Moreover, the use of digital technology enables the complete elimination of environmental problems and disposal of toxic products, such as film development acids.
Is this an examination always necessary?
Absolutely not, a dental panoramic x-ray is only taken if the Clinician believes it is necessary, as it involves exposure to ionising radiation.
The surgery Dental@Med in Foligno uses digital technology for panoramic dental x-rays, teleradiography (latero-lateral), the study of the tmj and maxillary sinuses. If necessary we also perform 3D Cone Beam testing.