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      Faulty radiographs: A cross-sectional analysis among dental college students in Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu, India

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          Abstract

          Aim:

          The aim of this study was to assess the ability of taking and processing of intraoral periapical radiographs (IOPA) by the dental college undergraduate students and also to evaluate the impact of teaching on their skills.

          Materials and Methods:

          This study was conducted in the OMRD department. Final year students (52) and interns (41) of 2014 were included in this study. In this 1 year study, 13104 IOPAs were taken and manually processed by these students. These radiographs were evaluated by two senior faculties of the department separately. To check variability between two examiners, ANOVA test was performed and all data were analyzed using WINDOW’S SPSS version 12 (Microsoft, USA).

          Results:

          Of 13104 IOPAs, 3538 were considered as faulty radiographs, of this 26.1% cone cut which occupies the first position and was followed by improper vertical angulation (25.2%), film position error (23.2%), improper horizontal angulation (13.1%), processing errors (9.5%), and miscellaneous such as reversed film, film bending (2.9%).

          Conclusion:

          Considering the statistical analysis by increasing experience, students make fewer numbers of errors.

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          Image quality of intraoral radiographs used by general practitioners in prosthodontic treatment planning.

          A number of studies have shown a low standard of radiographic image quality in general dental practices. Image quality was evaluated on 1094 radiographs from 100 consecutive cases submitted to a dental insurance office for approval of planned prosthodontic treatment. It was found that only 404 radiographs were without any type of error and that 690 radiographs had a total of 959 errors. The most common errors were projection and film density errors. The number of submitted radiographs ranged from one to 40. Nearly every fourth tooth proposed for treatment was not properly documented. The results also showed that 43 of 100 cases did not meet the criteria for acceptance for assessment of the proposed prosthodontic treatment. This means that they were incompletely documented radiographically so that the treatment plan could not be evaluated. This study suggests that new or additional radiographic documentation ought to be requested frequently before approval of proposed treatment plans.
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            Textbook of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology

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              Pathology of the jaw: the importance of radiographs.

              High-quality radiographs are essential in diagnosing pathology of the jaw. When appropriate radiographs are not submitted to the pathologist along with a biopsy specimen, misdiagnosis and mismanagement may occur. In this case study, we highlight the complementary value of panoramic and intraoral radiographs in allowing a definitive diagnosis of a mixed lesion of the jaw and preventing inappropriate treatment. Although many general dental practitioners tend to refer potential bony pathology, they should acquire and communicate high-quality radiographic information to specialty providers so that a precise diagnosis can be made.
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                Author and article information

                Journal
                J Pharm Bioallied Sci
                J Pharm Bioallied Sci
                JPBS
                Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
                Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
                0976-4879
                0975-7406
                October 2016
                : 8
                : Suppl 1
                : S116-S118
                Affiliations
                Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, K S R Institute of Dental Science and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
                Author notes
                Address for correspondence: Dr. S. Elangovan, E-mail: selcapt@ 123456yahoo.co.in
                Article
                JPBS-8-116
                10.4103/0975-7406.191938
                5074011
                Copyright: © Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

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                Original Research Article

                Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical medicine

                cone cut, faulty radiographs, intraoral periapical

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