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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2017, Article ID 2427060, 5 pages
Research Article

Digitally Scanned Radiographs versus Conventional Films for Determining Clarity of Periapical Lesions and Quality of Root Canal Treatment

1Department of Restorative Dental Science, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Kholod Almanei; as.ude.usk@ienamlak

Received 9 July 2017; Revised 19 October 2017; Accepted 30 October 2017; Published 15 November 2017

Academic Editor: Stefania Staibano

Copyright © 2017 Kholod Almanei et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To compare digital images of conventional radiographs with the original radiographs for perceived clarity of periapical lesions and the quality of root canal treatment. Materials and Methods. One hundred and four intraoral periapical radiographs of patients with endodontically treated teeth were randomly selected. The radiographs were digitized using an MD300 USB X-ray Reader. The digital images were transferred to an HP laptop. Three evaluators compared each conventional radiograph with the matching digital image. The images were ranked for clarity and assessed for diagnostic quality; data were analyzed using the Reliability Calculation “ReCal.” Results. Both the digital images and conventional films had comparable clarity and diagnostic quality. Results indicated a moderate agreement between the evaluators. Conclusions. Conventional radiographs digitized using an MD300 USB X-ray Reader have similar clarity and diagnostic quality in comparison to the original radiographs.