Troubleshooting Part 2: Pan eXam Plus

Problem Pan eXam PlusTips & Tricks for Patient positioning in the best possible way

High quality images with sharp contrast and good detail provide optimum diagnostic information. Images with less quality are usually the result of one or more common problems.
This is the second part of our “Tips & Tricks for patient positioning in the best possible way” series.

 

Problem Pan eXam PlusProblem 6: Middle area of the image too bright and unsharp. Spine shadow.

 

Possible cause

Patient’s neck was not stretched

Remedy

Stretch patient’s neck

 

Problem 7: Black shadow over maxillary teeth apex area.

Possible cause

Tongue was not against the roof of palate.

Remedy

Ask patient to swallow and place tongue against the roof of palate during the exposure.

 

Problem 8: TMJ’s exposed on different heights on image. Bilateral distortion in molar and premolar regions.


Possible cause

  1. Patient tilted to one side
  2. Midsagittal laser light line not obeyed.

Remedy

  1. Check midsagittal plane and center patient’s head.
  2. Check midsagittal plane and center patient’s head.

 

Problem Pan eXam PlusProblem 9: Rows of teeth exposed too high. TMJ’s cut off.

Possible cause

  1. Chin was not resting on chin support
  2. Patient positioned too high

Remedy

  1. Check patient positioning and type of bite fork rod.
  2. Check patient positioning and type of bite fork rod.

 

Problem 10: Rows of teeth exposed too low. Mandible not exposed completely to the image.

Possible cause

Chin rest was not used with bite fork.

Remedy

Install chin rest.

 

Read our Troubleshooting Part 1 tips and tricks for patient positioning in the best possible way.

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