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Volume 9 , Issue 4
Fall 1995

Pages 365-374


Is orthopantomography reliable for TMJ diagnosis? An experimental study in a dry skull

Ruf/Pancherz


PMID: 8995908

The accuracy of orthopantomography in reproducing the temporomandibular joint area was analyzed on a dry skull. The results based on this study of a single skull revealed that the radiographic image of the temporomandibular joint did not correspond to the anatomic condylar and fossa components or to their actual relationships. To a large extent, changes in skull position affected the radiographic temporomandibular joint image, simulating anterior condylar flattening, osteophytes, narrowing of joint space, and left/right condylar asymmetry. Orthopantomography may have questionable reliability for temporomandibular joint diagnostic purposes. e h T


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