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The impact of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) on the choice of endodontic diagnosis.
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PMID:  25070420     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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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 standardised among 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Authors:
Fj Mota de Almeida; K Knutsson; L Flygare
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  International endodontic journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2591     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Endod J     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-7-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8004996     Medline TA:  Int Endod J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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