Specialist dental X-rays such as OPG and Lat Ceph are designed to image the teeth and jaw, plus any surrounding facial structure required to be visualised by your referring physician. These are commonly done to aid in the planning of orthodontic treatment, assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth and the bone that supports the teeth.
An OPG is a panoramic or wide view X-ray of the lower face, that displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It shows the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. Dentists may at times take images of an individual tooth or group of teeth, this is different in that it images all teeth in the jaw in succession.
A Lateral Cephalogram (or Lat Ceph) is an X-ray taken of the side of the face and jaw that includes soft tissue detail such as the chin and tip of the nose. Lat Cephs are usually used in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems such as overbites and under-bites.
Dental X-rays are conducted relatively quickly, patients spend approximately 5 minutes in the X-ray suite itself and no appointment is necessarily, simply attend one of our branches and no specific preparation is not required. Our radiographer will help position you correctly in a standing position inside the X-ray machine. You will be asked to remove any jewellery on or around your head, face and neck. Having an OPG or Lat Ceph is considered painless, you should feel no pain during your scan.
Images are taken digitally and therefore are processed and delivered digitally to your referring doctor. Patients wishing to receive film may request a hard-copy for the fee of $10 per film. The report by the radiologist and the images will normally be with your doctor/ dentist the same or next day.
Western Radiology Madeley – Unit 1, 210 Wanneroo Rd, Madeley WA 6065
Western Radiology Cockburn Central – Unit 2, 810 North Lake Road, Cockburn Central WA 6164
Western Radiology Canning Vale – Unit 1, 410 Ranford Road, Canning Vale WA 6155
Western Radiology Morley – 133 Russell St, Morley WA 6062
Western Radiology Clarkson – 10/61 Key Largo Drive, Clarkson WA 6030
*If your scan is not listed, please phone reception.