An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the Body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Why should I do it ?
- A panoramic x-ray is a commonly performed examination by dentists and oral surgeons in everyday practice and is an important diagnostic tool. It covers a wider area than a conventional intraoral x-ray and, as a result, provides valuable information about the nasal area, maxillary sinuses, tooth positioning and gum and bone Irregularities. This examination is also used to plan treatment for full and partial dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
A panoramic x-ray can also reveal the presence of an existing issue or potential problem such as:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Oral cysts
- Tumors and oral cancer
- Impacted teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Any preparations needed?
- Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
- You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
- You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
- Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.