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Imaging Sci Dent. 2014 Mar;44(1):81-4. doi: 10.5624/isd.2014.44.1.81. Epub 2014 Mar 19.

Gold-wire artifacts on diagnostic radiographs: A case report.

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1
Department of Periodontology, Department of Oral Health Sciences, KU Leuven and Dentistry, University Hospitals, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
2
Oral Imaging Centre, Department of Oral Health Sciences, KU Leuven and Dentistry, University Hospitals, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Abstract

This report described a case in which diagnostic radiographs showed irregular dense radiopaque strings and curved lines in the head and neck area. These artifacts could lead to misinterpretation since they may obscure anatomical structures and/or mask critical structures/pathologies. A more detailed history of the patient indicated that these strings originated from a facelift procedure in which a gold-wire technique was used. Considering that such intervention may cause a radiodiagnostic burden, it should be included in the anamnesis prior to radiography.

KEYWORDS:

Artifacts; Radiography; Rhytidoplasty; Surgery, Plastic

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