Digital imaging for caries: direct digital sensors or photostimulable phosphor plates?

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This review compared direct digital sensors and indirect photostimulable phosphor plates for the detection of caries. Six studies were included in the review with 4 contributing to the meta-analysis. There was no significant difference between the two systems and they displayed good specificity and limited sensitivity.

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The minimum record set required for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning remains undefined

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Prior to orthodontic diagnosis a range or records may be obtained, typically these include, dental models, radiographs and facial and intra-oral photographs. Advances in digital technology means that 3D technology is also available. However, the role and use of any or each of these elements of the record set is unclear. Therefore the aim of [read the full story…]

American Dental Association, advisory statement on use of computed tomography in dentistry

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The use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) has expanded the field of oral and maxillofacial radiology and with commercially available machines appearing in dental practices The American Dental Association (ADA) has just published an advisory statement in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The key element of the statement is captured in the practical [read the full story…]

Insufficient knowledge about the diagnostic accuracy of the different radiographic techniques for imaging the periapical bone

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This review was undertaken to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of available radiographic methods in use for imaging the periapical bone tissue area.  The review forms part of  wider systematic review covering methods of diagnosis and treatment in endodontics published by the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU). An English version of this is available [read the full story…]

Digital versus film radiography

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This critical summary of a systematic review published in 2010 was prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry . The aim of this review was to assess how film-based radiography compared with digital radiography. The commentator highlights the fact that the review only searched one database ( PubMed) and [read the full story…]