OPG (Dental X-Ray)
All practices in the The Oz Radiology Group are
able to perform OPG and lateral
cephalogram examinations, and at no
cost to patients who have a
current Medicare card.
We currently provide x-ray imaging services
of referring dentists and orthodontists, and
understand their requirements when it comes to
accurate dental imaging. years.
An OPG examination (orthopantomogram)
is a special x-ray to demonstrate all of the teeth,
upper and lower, from ear to ear, on a single film.
This gives an excellent overview of the entire
dentition, and is especially valuable for
orthodontics and for visualising the wisdom teeth.
Lateral cephalograms are used by orthodontists to
see the relationship between upper and lower jaws,
lips and gums, and for measuring the overbite etc -
essential in planning treatment for straightening
Our equipment is also very useful for demonstrating
the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints
at the top of the jaw in front of the ears.
We use only the very
latest high-frequency, low radiation equipment. We also
latest automatic exposure control (AEC) to ensure the amount of
x-ray used to get the image is perfect
everytime. This means less chance of having
to re-take the x-ray (which would increase your
radiation dose), but also gives consistently high
quality imaging to provide the most accurate
Our medical imaging
technology staff are all highly trained to provide
the best service possible, and of course they are
accredited and registered - so you know you're in
In addition, all examinations are reviewed by a
qualified Diagnostic Radiologist (x-ray
specialist), who provides a written medical opinion
of your x-rays.
Patients can either
wait for their results (usually available around 40
minutes after your x-ray examination is completed),
or pick them up at another time.
We have also set up electronic result delivery with
participating GPs, and so your results are emailed
directly to them and straight into your electronic
Please note that for
privacy reasons, we cannot give out results to
patients or doctors over the phone. We can however
fax the result to a doctor once we have received a
written authority to do so from the patient.