What is OPG Digital?
OPG Digital is a specialised panoramic x-ray of the upper teeth and lower jaw. In addition to clearly showing the teeth, OPG Digital is also useful for assessing the jaw bone and joints (TMJs or Temporomandibular joints)
There is no special preparation for this examination however you should inform the radiographer (the person who performs the x-ray) if there is any chance of you being pregnant.
What will happen during the examination?
You will be asked to remove any jewellery or removable dentures prior to the examination.
The radiographer will position in the OPG machine where you will be required to stand still whilst the image is taken.
In some instances, multiple images may be taken in slightly different positions to ensure all the anatomy is fully examined.
Are there any risks?
You will receive a small dose of x-ray radiation. The benefits of detecting disease are believed to outweigh any potential risks of receiving such a small dose. Please advise the radiographer if you are, or think you may be pregnant.
After the examination
The digital x-ray images are processing and reporting by a radiologist (medical imaging specialist) this may take up to two hours or more from the end of the examination.
We can generally deliver the digital images and report to your doctor by the next working day. Alternatively you doctor may request that your return later to collect the x-ray film and report.