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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-25

The use of ultrasonography in oral radiology: An ultrasound archive study

Department of Oral Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey

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Fatma Caglayan
Department of Oral Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ataturk University, Erzurum 25240
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DOI: 10.4103/jomr.jomr_6_21

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Objective: The objective was to evaluate the ultrasonography (USG) images and reports in dental and maxillofacial radiology clinic, to reveal USG usage, and to draw attention to the diagnostic contribution of USG in necessary cases. Materials and Methods: USG archive has been reviewed retrospectively. One hundred and eleven USG examinations reported in our clinic between 2016 and 2020 were included in the study. USG patients consisted of 57 males and 54 females and their mean age was 38.76 ± 18.60. Results: The use of USG in the dental radiology clinic was not satisfactory since only 111 USG examinations were detected. Extraoral USG was used in 64.9%, intraoral USG in 28.8%, and both extraoral and intraoral USG in 6.3% of patients. The most frequently used areas of USG were lymph node examinations (26.1%), mucosal lesions (18.9%), salivary gland pathologies (16.2%), abscesses (10.8%), nasolabial cysts (4.5%), masseter hypertrophy (2.7%), palatal masses (2.7%), and others (6.3%). Conclusion: Despite advantages of USG in soft-tissue pathologies and even in some jaw pathologies, its use in dental radiology is limited. Dental and maxillofacial radiologists should improve themselves in the use of USG and follow the developments and also should be aware of the benefits that

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