Korean J Oral Maxillofac Radiol.  2009 Jun;39(2):69-73.

Comparison of panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography for assessing the relationship between the maxillary sinus floor and maxillary molars

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Korea. bhjo@pusan.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE : This study compared panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for evaluating the relationship between the maxillary sinus floor and the roots of maxillary molars.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
: Paired panoramic radiographs and CBCT images from 97 subjects were analysed. This analysis classified 388 maxillary molars according to their relationship to the maxillary sinus floor on panoramic radiograph and CBCT. Correlations between these two radiographic techniques were examined.
RESULTS
: Maxillary molar roots that were separate from the sinus floor showed the same classification in 100% of the cases when using these two imaging techniques. The corresponding percentage for such roots that were in contact with the sinus floor was 75%. When roots overlapped the maxillary sinus floor on panoramic radiographs, only 26.4% of maxillary first molars and 60.0% of second molars showed protrusion of roots into the sinus with CBCT.
CONCLUSION
: The results of the study suggest that roots projecting into the sinus on panoramic radiographs require a three-dimensional image in order to analyze the proximity of their apex to the sinus floor.

Keyword

Maxillary Sinus; Molar; Radiography, Panoramic; Cone-Beam Computed Tomography

MeSH Terms

Cone-Beam Computed Tomography
Floors and Floorcoverings
Imaging, Three-Dimensional
Maxillary Sinus
Molar
Radiography, Panoramic
Full Text Links
  • KJOMR
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
    DB Error: unknown error