A Panorex X-ray is a two-dimensional X-ray used in dentistry that displays both jaws, the upper and lower, as well as the teeth, on the same image at the same time.
Panorex X-ray units are used in general dental health evaluation for caries or pulp origin disease, trauma assessment for tooth or jaw fractures, infection evaluation of sinusitis, periodontitis or periapical abcesses, tumor or radicular cyst evaluation.
During the Panorex X-ray, the patient is asked to bite down on a special bite block that assists in the positioning of the patient’s head in the correct position. The patient needs to stay very still while the Panorex machine travels around the outside of the patient’s head.
Comparison between a Cephalometric (Ceph) and Panoramic X-Ray
Both panoramic and cephalometric x-rays are type of extraoral imaging.
A Ceph X-ray is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-ray units are also used by otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat – ENT – specialists) as these X-rays provide a view of the patient’s airways.
A panoramic x-ray will focus primarily on the jaw, capturing images of the full upper and lower dental arches including the jawbones and surrounding facial structures. A cephalometric x-ray uses a specially adapted mechanical arm to capture images of the entire oral structure, including the nasal and sinus passageways to provide a comprehensive view of the jaw, mouth and head.
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