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Article: Volume 8 Number 1 Page 24 - January 2015

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  Orthodontic Update 29: 24-27

Orthodontics:  A Re-Audit of the Quality of Digital Lateral Cephalometric Radiographs

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Abstract: An audit was conducted within a district general hospital’s orthodontic department to improve the quality of digital lateral cephalometric radiographs. The results of the audit show improvements in the quality of lateral cephalometric radiographs, following the introduction of a new picture archiving and communications system and charged coupling device cephalometric machine.

Clinical relevance: A Quality Assurance programme is one of the essential legal requirements of the Ionizing Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99). This article demonstrates a simple method to monitor the quality of lateral cephalometric radiographs, based on the Health Protection Agency ratings of radiographic quality.

Author notes: John Perry, BDS, MJDF, PgDipClinEd, StR in Orthodontics, Cardiff Dental Hospital, Cardiff, CF14 4XY, Anchal Puri, BDS, MJDF, MClinDent, StR in Orthodontics and John Ho-A-Yun, BDS, MSc, Specialty Dentist in Orthodontics, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5AH, UK.

Objective: To enable the carrying out of an audit of the quality of lateral cephalometric radiographs.

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