An X-Ray OPG test is a simple and absolutely non- invasive test used to get a pictorial description of the upper and lower jaw, lower face, and teeth. An image of the teeth is recorded on an X-ray film to view their number, shape, and size. This is done by exposing the lower part of the face to a small amount of radiation for less than a second.
Why get tested?
This test helps in assessing the cause of any ailment in the lower part of the face. An X-ray is used to identify any fractures, signs of injury, inflammation, and ailments in the teeth, jaw bones, bone connecting the head to the jawbone and surrounding bones.
What it measures? A lower face X-ray is used to diagnose various conditions such as-
· Probable problems in the upper and lower jaw
· Any signs of injury or fracture in the bones of the jaw and teeth
The test may also be used –
· To analyze the jaw and teeth before an orthopedic procedure.
· To look for any teeth related discomfort or ailments
This test includes
1. There are no special preparations to be made by the patient before undertaking the X-Ray OPG.
2. The radiologist conducting the X-ray may ask the patient to remove any metal object or jewelry that may obstruct the image during the procedure.