The impact of cone beam computed tomography on the choice of endodontic diagnosis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The impact of cone beam computed tomography on the choice of endodontic diagnosis
Author(s) Mota de Almeida, Fernando José ; Knutsson, Kerstin ; Flygare, Lennart
Date 2015
English abstract
AIM: To determine whether the outcome of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) examinations performed in accordance with the European Commission guidelines in a clinical setting has an impact on choosing diagnoses in endodontics. METHODOLOGY: A prospective observational study was conducted. Fifty-three consecutive patients (81 teeth) from two different endodontic specialist clinics in Sweden were followed. After performing a thorough clinical examination (based on the history, clinical findings, and diagnostic tests such as intra-oral radiography), the examiner wrote down a preliminary diagnosis before CBCT examination. After the CBCT examination, a new diagnosis was made by the same examiner. Both the pre- and the post-CBCT examination diagnoses were plotted according to patients and teeth. The CBCT examinations were performed using similar equipment and protocols that were standardized amongst the clinics. RESULTS: The diagnoses were changed for at least one tooth in 22 patients (41%); overall, the diagnoses were changed for 28 teeth (35%). CONCLUSION: CBCT has a substantial impact on diagnostic thinking in endodontics when used in accordance with the European Commission guidelines.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iej.12350 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue International Endodontic Journal;6
Volume 48
ISSN 1365-2591
Pages 564-572
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) cone beam computed tomography
decision-making
endodontics
diagnosis
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18907 (link to this page)

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