A narrow fan beam of x-rays intercepted by a linear array detector was used to acquire transmission data for a radiographic phantom moved across the beam. The digital data were displayed as images representing a variety of extraoral views of the head and neck. Projections investigated include the straight lateral view, two frontal projections, and a half-axial projection. The digital images appear to provide adequate contrast and resolution for common diagnostic tasks. In addition, the use of a scanning linear detector reduces the amount of scatter, which increases contrast relative to images made with an area detector. The system appears to provide a versatile and convenient means for the acquisition of extraoral views relevant to dental practice while it eliminates the logistical difficulties and errors associated with film processing.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine