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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 197-201

A note on digital dental radiography in forensic odontology


Specialist Forensic Odontology, General Dental Practitioner, Australia

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Sher-Lin Chiam
Unit 2., 51Jenke Circuit, Kambah, ACT
Australia
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.137072

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Digital dental radiography, intraoral and extraoral, is becoming more popular in dental practice. It offers convenience, such as lower exposure to radiation, ease of storing of images, and elimination of chemical processing. However, it also has disadvantages and drawbacks. One of these is the potential for confusion of the orientation of the image. This paper outlines one example of this, namely, the lateral inversion of the image. This source of confusion is partly inherent in the older model of phosphor storage plates (PSPs), as they allow both sides to be exposed without clue to the fact that the image is acquired on the wrong side. The native software allows digital manipulation of the X-ray image, permitting both rotation and inversion. Attempts to orientate the X-ray according to the indicator incorporated on the plate can then sometimes lead to inadvertent lateral inversion of the image. This article discusses the implications of such mistakes in dental digital radiography to forensic odontology and general dental practice.


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