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Chapter-27 Radiographic Interpretation

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Author
1. DN Bailoor
2. LK Chatra
3. Keerthilatha Pai
ISBN
9788180615146
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10318_27
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
10
Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
2. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
3. Manipal College of Dental Surgery, Manipal
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Abstract

Interpretation of dental and orofacial radiographs is truly an art and slowly with experience one learns to unzip the secrets held in the blacks and whites of the radiographic image. Knowledge of anatomical variation of the landmarks is the fundamental basis for furthering the differential diagnosis list. Any diagnosis is a three legged stool which rests on history and clinical examination; histopathological examination and the image analysis of the radiographic findings. Any written report should consider all the three aspects and then suggest the differential diagnosis. With the new image processing software, the digital images on the computer screen can even be colored and this can lend a new sensitivity to the early detection of the incipient lesions. The proper interpretation of the radiograph remains both an art and science. An art to be learnt under the guidance of experienced teachers and science to master the fundamentals of the anatomic landmarks, different lesions and their differential diagnosis. Increasingly the diag­nosticians may be asked to make diagnosis on the computer screen with the universal appeal of the digital radiography.

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