Computed tomography in pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery

Lipa Bodner, Haim Sarnat, Jacob Bar-Ziv, Israel Kaffe

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Abstract

The use of computed tomography (C.T.) in the diagnosis and management of developmental and padiological conditions of the jaws in children was evaluated. CT was found to be superior to plain film radiography in estimation of the three-dimensional morphology of the abnormality in the jaws, in determining spatial relationship and proximity to vital structures. It is valuable by allowing accurate planning of the surgical procedure, estimation of the extent of the surgery and prediction of outcome as well as complications and prognosis. CT in the appropriate circumstances, is a very useful diagnostic tool in pediatric maxillofacial surgery. Tissue preservation and precision are of utmost importance, especially in children where many structures have not reached their final dimensions. Careful consideration should be given to risk benefit ratios due to higher exposure to radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Dentistry for Children
Volume63
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1996

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Pediatric oral surgery

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