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DENTAL SCIENCE - ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 369-372

Ultrasound imaging in the diagnosis of periapical lesions


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, JKK Nattaraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral and maxillofacial Surgery, JKK Nattaraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Christo Naveen Prince
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, JKK Nattaraja Dental College and Hospital, Komarapalayam, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.100275

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Background and Objectives: To assess the diagnostic capability of real-time ultrasound imaging, together with the application of color power Doppler in the identification and differential diagnosis of the periapical lesions. Materials and Methods: Fifteen patients with periapical lesions of pulpal origin, diagnosed with clinical and conventional radiographic examination, were examined further using ultrasonography. The results from the biopsies of the lesions were compared and statistically analyzed. Results: The differential diagnosis between periapical granulomas and cystic lesions, which were based on the ultrasonographic findings, were confirmed by the results of the histopathologic examination in 13 (86.7%) of 15 cases, one being granuloma and 14 being cystic lesion. Interpretation and Conclusion: Ultrasound real-time imaging is a technique that may help make a differential diagnosis between cysts and granulomas by revealing the nature of the content of a bony lesion. This technique may have further applications in the study of other lesions of the jaws.


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