Chapter 8 Panoramic Digital Imaging
In general, digital panoramic techniques are the same as for film-based machines. Additional skills are necessary, however, because the computer will be needed to control some machine functions like turning it on, readying a new patient file into which the image will be stored, activating the scanner if applicable, and, of course, the entirely new function of processing the image after it is captured. As with intraoral digital imaging, little information is in the textbooks except the newest editions, and panoramic digital imaging is not always included. Students should expect to see more and more of this information as the subject material begins to appear on school, state, and national tests for the various types of required certification of dentists, assistants, and hygienists.