What is a Panoramic X-Ray?

Panoramic radiography, also called panoramic x-ray, is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. The jaw is a curved structure similar to that of a horseshoe. However, the panoramic x-ray produces a flat image of the curved structure. It usually provides details of the bones and teeth. Unlike a traditional intraoral x-ray where the film/x-ray detector is placed inside of the mouth, the film for a panoramic x-ray is contained inside of the machine.

Why should you do a Panoramic X-Ray?

A jaw x-ray can also reveal dental and medical problems such as:

  • advanced periodontal disease
  • cysts in the jaw bones
  • jaw tumors and oral cancer
  • impacted teeth including wisdom
  • jaw disorders (also known as temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders)

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-Ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

How do I prepare?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

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