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Objective: To evaluate the number of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) patients and their referral reasons from 2012 – 2016, at oral and maxillofacial radiology clinic.
Materials and methods: The number of CBCT patients and their reasons for imaging were archived from the log books of the 3D Accuitomo170 CBCT machine, from both student and service clinics including referral patients from outside. There were seven main reasons for taking CBCT: pre-implant, endodontics, impacted molars, embedded of supernumerary tooth or canine, temporomandibular joint, cyst or tumor, and others.
Results: The number of CBCT patients was increased 8 – 10% in the first four years, and increased 5% in the last year. According to reasons for CBCT, pre-implant imaging was the most frequent reason (52%), followed by embedded of supernumerary tooth or canine (15%), and impacted molars (12%), respectively.
Conclusion: CBCT image tends to have an important role in dentistry especially pre-implant imaging which reflects the usefulness of advanced digital technology in dental radiography for diagnosis and treatment planning.
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