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Do You Always Need to Get a CBCT?


Background: Panoramic imaging provides 2D imaging of the dentoalveolar and maxillofacial region. Cone-beam CT (CBCT) provides 3D imaging of the same anatomy. CBCT, however, is associated with a higher cost and radiation exposure compared to panoramic radiography. Objective: To assess whether the additional information provided by CBCT affected patient management for 6 different surgeries. Design: Retrospective chart review of patients who had a panoramic radiograph followed by a CB more...
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