anatomy


Case of the week: Normal pantomograph imaging mimicking disease 4

This week I wanted to show an area on pantomographs that I am frequently asked about.  The area I am talking about is the radiolucent area as noted by the yellow areas inferior to the mandibular posterior teeth. This area is typically where an observers eye are drawn due to […]


Anatomy on Radiographs: Occlusal Radiographs

This is the last post I have planned for anatomy and it will be on occlusal radiographs. Mandible Short and sweet here with only one anatomical landmark readily visible. The genial tubercles (yellow arrow) appear as a small radiopaque mass(es) extending off the lingual aspect of the mandible. Maxilla The nasal […]


Anatomy on Radiographs: Intraoral Radiographs Part 2 7

This is part 2 (posterior) of anatomy on intraoral radiographs. Mandible The mental foramen  appears as a round to oval radiolucent area near the apex of the second premolar. The inferior alveolar nerve canal (mandibular canal) appears as radiolucent band with two thin radiopaque lines running parallel to each other […]


Case of the Week: Blunderbuss apex

This week I wanted to show normal anatomy of a developing tooth; the blunderbuss apex.  A blunderbuss apex is an open apex of a developing tooth. It is named blunderbuss due to the similar appearance to a blunderbuss rifle.  An open or blunderbuss apex appears as pyramidal radiolucent area.  This […]


Anatomy on Radiographs: Intraoral Radiographs Part I 37

I am starting a new series of posts on anatomy on radiographs.  There will be two posts on intraoral radiographs (Part I – anterior and Part II – posterior), one on occlusal radiographs, one on pantomographs and lastly one on skull radiographs (primarily lateral cephalometric skull radiographs). Anatomical radiographic appearances […]