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Practical applications of energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis in diagnostic oral pathology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2314858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis is a powerful tool that can reveal the presence and relative quantities of elements in minute particles in biologic materials. Although this technique has been used in some aspects of dental research, it has rarely been applied to diagnostic oral pathology. The purpose of this paper is to inform practicing dentists and oral specialists about the diagnostic potential of this procedure by presenting three case reports. The first case involved the identification of flakes of a metallic material claimed by a 14-year-old girl to appear periodically between her mandibular molars. In the second case, a periodontist was spared a lawsuit when a freely mobile mass in the antrum of his patient was found to be a calcium-phosphorus compound not related to the periodontal packing that had been used. The third case involved the differential diagnosis of amalgam tattoo and graphite tattoo in a pigmented lesion of the hard palate mucosa. The results of the analyses were significant and indicate a role for this technique in the assessment of selected cases. Potential for wider use of energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis in diagnostic oral pathology exists as research progresses.
T D Daley; D Gibson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral surgery, oral medicine, and oral pathology     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0030-4220     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Pathol.     Publication Date:  1990 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-04-25     Completed Date:  1990-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376406     Medline TA:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  339-44     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Electron Probe Microanalysis*
Foreign Bodies / diagnosis
Middle Aged
Mouth Diseases / diagnosis*,  pathology

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