Custom focal trough in cone-beam computed tomography reformatted panoramic versus digital panoramic for mental foramen position to aid implant planning
Parker, Mohamed Ebrahim
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To compare the linear measurements from digital panoramic (DP) radiographs and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) volumes for the localization of the mental foramen (MF). Material and Methods: Thirty-one patients with panoramic and CBCT radiographs depicted on the same machine were analyzed. The vertical and horizontal positions of the MF were compared by the differences in distances measured from reference points to the boundaries (tangents) of the MF in digital panoramic (DP) and CBCT reformatted panoramic (CRP) views. The vertical position of MF was also analyzed on CBCT oblique coronal views (CORO) and compared with its corresponding distances on DP and CRP views. Results: Statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) were found in all compared measurements between CRP and DP views.