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X - Ray TM Joint - Open Mouth

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Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.
  3. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

Overview


What is X - Ray TM Joint - Open Mouth?

An X-ray of the temporomandibular joints is a safe and painless test to visualise this joint and the surrounding soft tissues like skin and muscles using small amount of radiation. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw bone (known as mandible) to the skull. The image of the joint is recorded on a special X-ray film. The X-ray image is black and white. Dense structures such as the bones, appear white and softer body tissues, such as the skin and muscles appear darker. The actual exposure time to radiation is usually less than a second, although the overall test may take 15-20 minutes.

Why is X - Ray TM Joint - Open Mouth done?

  1. To diagnose any suspected injury or fracture of the temporomandibular (TM) joint
  2. To diagnose any suspected jaw dislocation
  3. To diagnose the cause of temporomandibular disorders which could be due to some problems of the muscles of the TM joint or because of the joint itself

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about X - Ray TM Joint - Open Mouth


Frequently Asked Questions about X - Ray TM Joint - Open Mouth

Q. What are the drawbacks of a bone X-ray?
X-ray images give a very clear view of the bones. However, it does not provide a good visual image of the soft tissues like tendons, muscles or fat tissue under the skin. Even the bone microfractures or complicated spine injuries are not clearly visible on the X Ray images. Apart from this, it also exposes the patient to some amount of radiations but the benefit of the information gained from an X-ray image outweighs the risk of radiations.
Q. Who interprets the X-ray results?
The interpretation of an X-Ray image is carried out by a radiologist who analyses or reads the X-ray image and prepares a report of the findings which is shared with the patient.

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