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Type: Journal article
Title: Clinical importance of incidental findings reported on small-volume dental cone beam computed tomography scans focused on impacted maxillary canine teeth
Author: Doğramacı, E.
Rossi-Fedele, G.
McDonald, F.
Citation: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, 2014; 118(6):e205-e209
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 2212-4403
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Esma J. Doğramacı, Giampiero Rossi-Fedele, Fraser McDonald
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical importance of incidental findings reported for small-volume cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans of impacted maxillary canine teeth. STUDY DESIGN: Radiology reports of CBCT examinations performed as part of diagnosis and treatment planning for impacted or ectopically erupting maxillary canine teeth for 183 consecutive patients were assessed retrospectively. The scans were obtained with a small-volume unit (3 D Accuitomo 80) with a field of view that was either 40 × 40 or 60 × 60 mm. The findings were graded according to their clinical importance as low, intermediate, or high. RESULTS: Three hundred and forty incidental findings were reported. One of the incidental findings was of high importance (0.3%), 97 were of intermediate importance (28.5%), and 242 were of low importance or anatomic variant (71.1%). CONCLUSIONS: Incidental findings reported on small-dimension CBCT scans of impacted maxillary canine teeth rarely require immediate attention; nonetheless, 28.8% would require follow-up.
Keywords: Maxilla
Tooth, Impacted
Incidental Findings
Retrospective Studies
Middle Aged
Cone-Beam Computed Tomography
Rights: © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.oooo.2014.09.006
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