Dental Ultrasonography as an Adjunct Diagnostic Tool in Dentistry

As dentistry in the modern era moves into the medical and wellness model, the incorporation and proper utilisation of appropriate advanced diagnostic technologies is essential. Dentistry in the modern era is emerging in the use of advanced imaging techniques such as Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound Imaging, as well as traditional and conventional imaging techniques such as X-Rays. Diagnostic imaging must be a chaperone with clinical findings. Advancements in diagnostic technology are needed to prevent chances of relinquishing false or inaccurate diagnosis. In dentistry for detecting a bony or soft tissue mass, patients are exposed to multiple radiographs which might cause radiation effects at tissue and organ level.
Ultrasound imaging is one of the advanced imaging techniques which use sound waves for viewing the normal and pathological conditions involving bone and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions. This presentation reviews the history of emergence of ultrasound imaging to dentistry, its advantages, as a suitable adjunct tool in the dental diagnostic field.

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