What is a digital OPG and how does it work?

OPG stands for orthopantomogram and is a special x-ray of the teeth, jaws and lower face. An OPG provides a panoramic x-ray of the above-mentioned areas (see image below). OPG uses x-rays to attain the images.

These are a type of ionising radiation that are produced by the machine to allow images to be taken. These x-rays pass through the teeth and jaw in varying amounts, depending on the type of tissue that they interact with. A digital detector receives the x-rays and converts them into an image.

Our OPG unit will meet all your dental imaging requirements. Garran Medical Imaging boasts a class leading digital OPG and Cephalometric machine, which provides excellent image quality and utilises cutting edge “one-shot” cephalometric technology with high quality panoramic imaging. Our OPG machine also offers an Automatic Landmark Tracing feature for cephalostats (see images below).

What type of scans can we do?

At Garran Medical Imaging we perform a wide range of x-ray and screening procedures. This can range from chest and abdominal x-rays, spine, extremities, head, orbits, to other more specialised procedures. Screening procedures include barium studies and arthrograms, plus many more.

What’s involved in having a scan?

You will be positioned in front of the OPG machine with your chin resting in a holder and a small ‘bite piece’ in your mouth. This helps to provide the correct position for the image and also allows you to hold very still. The OPG unit will then move around your head and take the x-ray image. You normally do not need to change into a gown for the procedure. Jewelry near the area to be imaged will need to be removed. Most OPG procedures only take a few minutes to complete.

What equipment do we have?

Our OPG unit will meet all your dental imaging requirements. Garran Medical Imaging boats a class leading digital OPG and Cephalometric machine which provides excellent image quality and utlises cutting edge “one-shot” cephalometric technology with high quality panoramic imaging. Our OPG machine also offers an Automatic Landmark Tracing feature for cephalostats (see image below).