Background/Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the imaging characteristics of common, radiolucent, unilocular, intraosseous lesions of the jaws using both panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT); also, to evaluate sufficiency of panoramic radiography in determining characteristic features of jaw lesions.
Material and Methods: Retrospectively selected images of 57 patients with histopathology results were evaluated by two oral radiologists. The lesions were assessed based on shape, location, borders, relationship with the mandibular canal, presence of destruction of cortical bone, and expansion of cortical bone, and presence of an unerupted tooth related to the lesion. In addition, the widest areas of the lesions were measured. A total of 9 (15.8%) odontogenic keratocysts, 9 (15.8%) apical granulomas, 24 (42.1%) radicular cysts, 12 (21.0%) dentigerous cysts and 3 (5.2%) central giant cell granulomas in 57 patients (20 women, 37 men) with a mean age of 36.93 ± 17.96 years were included. Fifty-seven CBCT and 56 panoramic images of these patients were evaluated.
Results: Twenty-nine (50.8%) lesions were in the mandible and 28 (49.2%) in the maxilla. A statistically significant difference was determined for the areas in CBCT images (p=0.007).
Conclusions: Panoramic radiography is not as successful as CBCT in demonstrating some characteristics of the lesions, such as expansion and destruction. The area measurements may be beneficial in establishing the differential diagnosis of the lesion.
Background/Aim: Gender determination is one of the most challenging tasks in medico-legal research and forensic dentistry. Several skeletal components are investigated for this purpose and the mandible is one of them. The mandible has several specific anatomical features. The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of measurements related to the mental foramen, gonial angle and antegonial angle on gender determination using digital panoramic radiographs.
Material and Methods: A retrospective study was planned with 150 digital panoramic radiographs (75 males and 75 females, aged between 20 to 49 years). The radiographs were analyzed by dividing them into two equal gender groups (male and female). Several parameters were compared to determine the gender. The distances from the superior and inferior border of the mental foramen to the basis of the mandible on the right side were measured. Gonial and antegonial angles were evaluated bilaterally. The difference between the males and females were analyzed with independent samples t-test (p<0.05).
Results: There was statistically significant difference between the males and females in terms of all the evaluated parameters (p<0.05). The distances related to mental foramen is higher in the males however gonial and antegonial angles are larger in the females.
Conclusions: The mental foramen position, gonial and antegonial angles can be used to predict the gender in Turkish population.