Dental X-Ray (OPG)
OPG is the acronym used for Orthopantomogram; a form of dental x-ray which captures panoramic images of the teeth, gums and bones of the jaw. To achieve the panoramic view of your jaw, the OPG machine rotates around your head, taking less than 10 seconds in total.
Dental X-Ray Preparation
When attending your scan, please bring your referral from your medical practitioner, Medicare card and all other relevant health care cards, and any existing films or reports relating to your jaw and teeth.
No appointment is necessary for an OPG at Marina, but should you have a preferred time to attend, an appointment would be beneficial.
No other preparation is required for an OPG. You may however be asked by your radiographer to remove any metallic objects (earrings, hair clips, necklaces etc) near your head and neck to avoid interference with the scan. It is therefore advisable to leave any such items at home.
OPG’s are quick examinations and typically take only 5 minutes in total.
To help position your head correctly and minimise movement during the scan, you will be asked to place your chin on a chin rest, bite down on a sterile mouth piece, and hold onto a pair of handles. Your radiographer will then ask you to remain as still as possible and will initiate the scan. You will then see the machine rotate around your head however it will not make contact with you.
Your referring practitioner will be able to access the images from the scan immediately via our online portal. Once one of our specialist doctors (radiologist) has reviewed and assessed your scan, the report will also be sent to your practitioner either electronically, or by fax.
Following your scan, Marina strongly advises that you return to your dental professional to discuss your results and subsequent treatment.