Panoramic radiographs, commonly known as OPG (orthopantomograms) are most often used for general screening in dental check ups, but also to check the development of teeth in children and visualise impacted wisdom teeth. This enables all your teeth to be visualised together in the same image.
Lateral Ceph (cephalometric) is most commonly used in orthodontics to check your facial structures from the side, and shows the position of your jaws in occlusion.
Each one of these x-rays are reviewed and reported by our leading Dento-Maxillofacial and Medical Radiologists, Emeritus Professor Paul Monsour, Associate Professor Ronnie Ptasznik, Dr Daniel Selim, Dr Remy Golding, Dr Tess Matias, Dr Scott McNab and Dr Ivor Berman. There is more information about our specialists here.
Both of these x-rays are very low risk, providing high quality images at very low levels of radiation. You are welcome to discuss any aspects of OPG and Lateral Ceph with ourselves or your referring doctor.
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please discuss this with your doctor and tell our staff before your scan.
During your scan
The scan is quick and simple and you don’t need any preparation. You may need to remove jewellery and headwear that could obstruct the scanner.
The scan is carried out by a radiographer who will put your head in the correct position, you remain standing still while the scanner moves around your head and takes about 10 seconds. Lateral Ceph is a single image taken from the side in the same position.
After your scan
You can return to work and normal daily activities straight away. The images are reviewed and reported by our radiologists and sent to your doctor for review. The doctor can discuss your case with the radiologist if they would like to.