Dale A. Miles BA, DDS, MS, FRCD(C) Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
It used to be that panoramic images could not be used for interproximal carious lesions detection because of the overlap in the bicuspid region secondary to the image acquisition. Thankfully this is no longer the case. And, in addition to the excellent “extraoral bitewing” images that are obtained, collimated panoramic images from these new machines are also excellent periapical images from the cuspid back to the second molar region. This means that the only intraoral images necessary for some patients would be the remaining anterior periapicals – the easiest ones in the oral cavity to take.
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