Dental X-Ray (OPG)

  • 5 minute procedure
  • Remove metal objects from head/neck
  • Includes jewellery, glasses etc

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Everything to know about Dental

Types of examination

An orthopantomogram (OPG) captures x-rays of the head/face on film. A panoramic frontal image, displaying a wide view of the region.

A lateral cephalogram is a radiograph of the skull which also uses x-rays, however the resultant image is a side-on view.

A dental examination is used to assess:

  • Tooth or gum disease
  • Maxilla
  • Mandible joints

What to expect

While there is no special preparation for an OPG, you may be asked to remove any metal objects.

The Medical Imaging Specialists will ask you to sit on a chair or stand for the OPG. It is important that you tell the staff if you have difficulty sitting or standing unassisted. When you are placed in the correct position, the radiographer will go behind a screen to start the OPG machine. They will ask you to be still during the OPG. When your OPG is finished you will be asked to wait while the radiographer checks the images. The procedure usually takes about 5 minutes.

The day of the Procedure

The night before
Good night's sleep

15 - 30 minutes prior
Arrive at practice

5 -10 mins prior

30 mins after
Time to go home

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Do I get a copy of my x-ray film?

Images can now be viewed by the referring specialist via a digital portal. If a hard copy film is preferred by a specialist, the radiograph can be printed.

Do I need to wear a lead gown or apron during the examination?

Experts in medicine and radiation physics have recently concluded that the use of lead shielding during medical imaging examinations is no longer necessary.

Can I still wear lead shielding if I want to, for my child or myself, including if I am pregnant?

The Radiographer may be able to apply shielding while ensuring that the quality of the examination is not compromised and it will not inadvertently increase the dose.

Meet Dr Peter Zheng

Consultant Radiologist, Lumus Imaging, Brisbane

"We are constantly adopting the latest technology and ideas, expanding into regional, rural and metropolitan areas, and attracting professionals with genuine talent and enthusiasm at every level. "

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