X-Ray vs. Radiograph

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  1. wp0524

    wp0524 Member

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    I'm in the process of scheduling an appointment with my dentist to complete all the dental screening paperwork, and I am a bit confused. In the "Instructions for Applicants Offered Admission" packet, it says that "X-rays in lieu of the above radiographs are not accepted." My dentist's receptionist said they do not take radiographs and everything they have is an X-ray. Are x-rays and radiographs not the same thing? If I send in the standard images the dentist takes at most appointments, will that be fine? Any clarification would be much appreciated.
     
  2. BennettHellman

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    Most dentists now only use radiographs. They are just pictures printed on paper as opposed to X-rays that require a light behind it to see anything. When I asked my dentist they had no idea but almost all dentists use radiographs.
     
  3. AirsoftRanger

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    I believe the line "xrays in lieu" is probably referring to non dental xrays, such as a skull film series....
    and yes, radiograph is synonymous with xray.
    people, like the above dental receptionist, confuse the process of xray emissions, with the receiving element. xrays always used to be "on film" - silver impregnated film sheets.....now dental xrays are often acquired via software, examined by the dentist via computer monitor, and if necessary, printed on glossy paper.
     
  4. jl123

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    In addition to the normal x-rays, a panoramic x-ray is required. It is the x-ray used by oral surgeons to evaluate wisdom teeth and is not normally used for routine dental work. Many dental offices do not have a panoramic x-ray machine.