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Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2000 Jan;29(1):52-6.

Precision and accuracy of measurements in digital panoramic radiography.

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Department of Oral Surgery, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the precision and accuracy of digital measurements in digital panoramic radiography.

METHODS:

A series of 70 digital panoramic radiographs were obtained of a dry skull in seven different positions with metallic pins and spheres fixed to the mandible. Three replicate measurements were performed with the mouse-driven cursor by one reader at 1:1 and 2:1 magnification. Precision was assessed with the reliability index (R) and Malony/Rastogi test and the effect of magnification on accuracy by paired Wilcoxon test.

RESULTS:

Vertical measurements were less reproducible than horizontal measurements. There were significant differences in assessments between images at 1:1 and 2:1 magnification (P < 0.05). The maximum variation in mean difference was 0.4% of actual object length for pins and 1.2% for spheres. The difference did not exceed 0.1 mm. R was lower for 2:1 magnification and consistently lower for spheres compared with pins.

CONCLUSION:

The most reliable measurements were obtained of linear objects in the horizontal plane. Digital measurements are sufficiently accurate for clinical use.

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PMID:
10654037
DOI:
10.1038/sj/dmfr/4600500
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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