Oblique lateral radiography

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Oblique lateral radiography

Introduction

Oblique lateral radiographs are extraoral views of the jaws that can be taken using a dental X-ray set (see Fig. 12.1). Before the development of panoramic equipment they were the routine extraoral radiographs used both in hospitals and in general practice. In recent years, their popularity has waned, but the limitations of panoramic radiographs (see Ch. 15) have ensured that oblique lateral radiographs still have an important role.

Terminology

Lateral radiographs of the head and jaws are divided into:

The differentiating adjectives true and oblique are used to indicate the relationship of the image receptor, patient and X-ray beam, as shown in Fig. 12.2.

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