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1 1 Paralleling Radiographic Exposures: The Preferred Method XCP

2 2 Key Terms to Know Parallel Intersecting Perpendicular Right angle Long axis of the tooth Central ray Basic Rules of Paralleling- Know Film placement Film position Vertical angulation Horizontal angulation Film exposure

3 3 Principles of Paralleling Technique A.The film is placed in the mouth parallel to the long axis of the tooth being radiographed B. The central ray of the x-ray beam is directed perpendicular to the film and long axis of the tooth C.A film holder must be used to keep the film parallel with the long axis of the tooth Correct Incorrect

4 4 Different Film Holding Devices Rinn XCP Stabe Bite-Block AnteriorPosterior

5 Parallel to the Long Axis of Tooth Define long axis of tooth- *teeth to do not sit in the mouth straight up & down 5

6 6 CORRECT Long Axis of Tooth

7 7 Object and film/receptor are not parallel = distortion

8 8 Principles of Paralleling Technique Remember: To achieve parallelism, the film must be placed away from the tooth and toward the middle of the cavity Object receptor (or film) distance must be increased to keep the film parallel to the long axis of the tooth Because of the distance from the film to the tooth, magnification and loss of definition result. To compensate, the target receptor distance must be increased (16 inch cone used-known as “long cone technique”). This results in less magnification and increases definition.

9 9 Object-Film-Distance v/s Target-Film- Distance Compare/Contrast object-receptor-distance & target-receptor-distance (tooth to film) (anode/focal spot to film) *Both must be increased when using the paralleling technique*

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12 REVIEW- Protection Measures for the Patient Source–film distance. The longer the source–film or receptor distance, the more parallel the rays and the less tissue exposed. Note the beam size at the patient’s skin entrance is 2.75 in. (7 cm) for both source–film distances; it is the exit beam size that increases to expose a larger area when using the shorter source–film distance. Remember from safety module- 16” cone preferred due to less divergence of x-ray beam as exits.

13 Challenges with Placement of Holder 13  Conditions (i.e. crowding, mal-aligned teeth, missing teeth, torus, size of mouth, vault of palate, presence of unerupted 3 rd molars, & variations in occlusal relationship) affect ideal placement  If the holder cannot be placed correctly- the beam will not be aligned correctly = errors (distortion, elongation, foreshortening, etc…)  Patient conditions & cooperation do not always match what textbook teaches! 

14 14 Modifications of Placement (see text)  Shallow palate (p

15 15 When holder tilted more than 20-degrees due to patient conditions (and therefore NOT parallel to long axis) VERTICAL ANGULATION needs to be INCREASED 5-15 degrees more than indicated (therefore NOT lined up with circle of XCP) **However, if angulation too excessive = incisal edges missing from image & foreshortening **If angulation inadequate (not enough) = apices missing & elongation

16 16 Film Placement for each area - *review handout & text

17 17 ANTERIOR

18 18 Film Placement for Anterior 7 Size #1 films used for anteriors Maxillary(4) - canine (both sides) - lateral/central incisors (both sides) Mandibular (3) - canine - lateral/central incisors

19 19 Film Placement for Posterior 8 (Size #2) films are taken in the posterior Maxillary (4) - premolar - molar Mandibular (4) -premolar -molar

20 20 Must see distal of canine on premolar PA Center 2 nd molar Center canines Center central incisors Need to see wisdom teeth Center central/lateral contact

21 21 Order for FMS When using the paralleling technique, an exposure sequence, or definite order for periapical film placement and exposure, must be followed. Keep track of exposures on tray cover! This prevents Errors Loss of time Exposing the patient unnecessarily

22 22 Order for FMS I. Start with anterior exposure sequence (Size #1 film used) – Seven films are taken – Begin with maxillary right canine-expose all maxillary right maxillary left – Move to mandibular area-begin with mandibular left canine and expose remaining films left to right

23 23 Order for FMS Cont’d 2.Posterior exposure sequence (Size #2 film used) - always expose the premolar first in all areas -8 films are taken -begin with maxillary right premolar then molar -move to mandibular left –premolar then molar (you do not have to reassemble XCP for this area) -reassemble XCP and move to maxillary left- premolar then molar -finish with mandibular right area

24 24 Order for FMS Cont’d 3.Lastly, take Bitewing radiographs (Size #2 film used) - 4 radiographs are usually taken; horizontal BW unless otherwise indicated - BW part of FMS

25 25 Advantages of Paralleling Technique Produces images with dimensional accuracy Is simple and easy to learn and use Is easy to standardize and can be accurately repeated

26 26 Disadvantages of Paralleling Technique Accurate film placement may be difficult at times for the radiographer to achieve Film placement can sometimes be difficult for the patient to tolerate (it hurts!) Not disposable- most holders have to be sterilized Rings are a “guide” only- radiographer must have skill to access accuracy

27 27 Don’t forget to put the dot at the incisal edge now! Review helpful hints page 211!


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