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Imaging Sci Dent. 2015 Sep;45(3):175-180. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.5624/isd.2015.45.3.175
Tadinada A , Mahdian M , Sheth S , Chandhoke TK , Gopalakrishna A , Potluri A , Yadav S .
Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA. tadinada@uchc.edu
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
Department of Craniofacial Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
Section of Operative Dentistry, Department of Reconstructive Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
Department of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Section of Orthodontics, Department of Craniofacial Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was performed to evaluate the reliability of the identification of anatomical landmarks in panoramic and lateral cephalometric radiographs on a standard medical grade picture archiving communication system (PACS) monitor and a tablet computer (iPad 5). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1000 radiographs, including 500 panoramic and 500 lateral cephalometric radiographs, were retrieved from the de-identified dataset of the archive of the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology of the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. Major radiographic anatomical landmarks were independently reviewed by two examiners on both displays. The examiners initially reviewed ten panoramic and ten lateral cephalometric radiographs using each imaging system, in order to verify interoperator agreement in landmark identification. The images were scored on a four-point scale reflecting the diagnostic image quality and exposure level of the images. RESULTS: Statistical analysis showed no significant difference between the two displays regarding the visibility and clarity of the landmarks in either the panoramic or cephalometric radiographs. CONCLUSION: Tablet computers can reliably show anatomical landmarks in panoramic and lateral cephalometric radiographs.

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