alexa Panoramic Radiographs in Assessment of the Bone Mineral Density


Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health

Author(s): Estera Balcikonyte, Irena Balciuniene, Vidmantas Alekna

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Efficacy of two panoramic-based indices (Mandibular Cortex Index (MCI) and the height of mandibu- lar inferior cortex (CI)) were compared with a bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar area L2-L4 by dual- energy x-ray absorptiometry in 130 women as diagnostic key. MCI is a simple three-graded classification. It changes in the bone cortex of mandible and allows to distinguish normal and osteopenic/osteoporotic women. Correlations between mandibular cortex groups and between the height of cortical bone of man- dible and the bone mineral density were significant. The efficacy of the panoramic-based mandibular indices in diagnosing osteopenia/osteoporosis is high. The results of this study indicated that panoramic dental radiographs should be used to assess the patient’s status regarding osteoporosis.

This article was published in Stomatologija, Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal and referenced in Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health

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