[Oradlist] Input for maxillary implant imaging request
daniatamimi at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 27 14:32:03 PDT 2009
Ok, and this is just me, but I get frustrated when the field of view is limited for the following reasons:
a) Sometimes it is not done appropriately and important structures are cut off (like the tops of a condyle on a TMJ scan, or parts of third molars on third molar evaluation, collimated to "decrease radiation exposure" but ends up making the scan useless). This is why proper training should be done for the staff in the dentist's office, or referral to a scanning center with a radiologist or certified dental radiographic technician should be employed.
b) Occasionally, I get a scan that has been collimated to include only the maxilla or mandible (for implant evaluation), but then I see something at the edge of the scan (still in the OMF region) that needs further investigation and - you guessed it - another scan that will re-expose the already imaged area.
c) I have an obsession with anatomy and head and neck radiology and I like the challenge ;) But that isn't a legitimate reason to order a scan ;)
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