Article: Volume 41 Number 4 Page 314 - May 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 314-326

Dental Radiology:  Shall I Go Digital?

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Abstract: Dental radiographic imaging is slowly transferring to digital format. The decision to invest in this new technology should be based on a good understanding of the different types of digital imaging available within the dental field. This article outlines its use in general dental practice, highlighting the pros and cons of the various systems both for intra-oral and extra-oral radiography.

Clinical relevance: An understanding of the mechanisms of digital imaging and their associated potential problems are required by any clinician moving to film-less imaging.

Author notes: BL Thomas, BDS, BSc(Hons), PhD, MFDS RCS(Eng), DDMFR RCR, Locum Consultant, Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, J Davies, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS(Edin), FDS RCS(Eng), DDMFR RCR, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Manchester and E Whaites, BDS, MSc, FDS RCS(Edin), FDS RCS(Eng), FRCR, DDR RCR, Senior Lecturer Honorary Consultant, King’s College London, UK.

Objective: To demonstrate an understanding of the different types of digital imaging receptor used in dentistry and recognize common digital imaging faults.

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