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Diagnostic efficacy of cone-beam computed tomography for mandibular fractures.
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PMID:  23768877     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the clinical efficacy of maxillofacial cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) for the diagnosis of suspected mandibular fractures and to evaluate whether findings would lead to a change in treatment.
STUDY DESIGN: CBCT imaging was performed for 164 patients with suspected mandibular fractures (231 sites) but equivocal clinical and radiological findings (conventional radiography). Images were interpreted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and treatment decisions based on pre and postimaging were compared. Linear regression analyses were performed.
RESULTS: For 63.2% of sites (n = 146) the suspected diagnosis was confirmed by CBCT (P < .0001; R(2) = 0.93). For 4.33% of sites (n = 10) no fracture was identified. Additional fractures were identified in 17.75% (n = 41) and additional infractures in 14.72% (n = 34). The treatment plan was altered for 9.52% of sites (n = 22).
CONCLUSIONS: CBCT imaging of suspected mandibular fractures resulted in a change in the treatment plan in 9.52%.
Gabriele Kaeppler; Carl-Peter Cornelius; Michael Ehrenfeld; Gerson Mast
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology     Volume:  116     ISSN:  2212-4411     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101576782     Medline TA:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  98-104     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Clinic for Oral and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Electronic address:
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