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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 93

From radio waves to gamma rays

Department of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey

Date of Web Publication7-Feb-2014

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Ulkem Aydin
Department of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-3841.126676

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Aydin U. From radio waves to gamma rays. J Oral Maxillofac Radiol 2013;1:93

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Aydin U. From radio waves to gamma rays. J Oral Maxillofac Radiol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Mar 29];1:93. Available from: https://www.joomr.org/text.asp?2013/1/3/93/126676

As the first type of radiant energy used to create images of the internal body structures were X-rays, diagnostic radiology originally referred to the use of X-rays in the diagnosis of disease. Shortly after the discovery, X-ray imaging was adopted quickly in the field of dentistry and since then it is in use for producing images in various types of techniques such as intraoral radiography, panoramic radiography and computed tomography. In more recent years, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) has revolutionized the use of X-ray imaging in oral and maxillofacial (OMF) radiology. A quick review of the articles published in the major journals on OMF imaging reveals that there are abundant number of research conducted with the use of CBCT.

On the other hand, together with the X-ray based imaging techniques, radiology has come also to involve the use of nonionizing radiation, including different forms of visible radiation, and radioactive isotopes. The application of the imaging techniques using these forms of energy in functional, molecular and metabolic investigation of disease; soft-tissue imaging including vascular and interventional radiology, contrast media research and neuroimaging should be considered an indispensable aspect of OMF radiology. [1]

The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology will be a good medium to share the most current knowledge collected by the use of various imaging methods such as nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, elastography, thermography and related modalities. The study of normal anatomy and physiology to reveal, diagnose, or to examine the diseases affecting the OMF region is possible with high quality clinical and experimental research pertinent to these techniques, besides X-ray based ones.

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1.Flygare L. Maxillofacial radiology - the past, the present, and the future. Proccedings of the 19 th International Congress of Dento-Maxillo-Facial Radiology; 2013 June 22-27; Bergen, Norway.  Back to cited text no. 1


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