How common are Type I and II errors with dental x-rays?

This topic contains 1 reply, has 1 voice, and was last updated by  eddy23 2 years, 11 months ago. This post has been viewed 606 times

  • Author
    Posts
  • #73964
     eddy23 
    Participant

    How common are Type I and II errors with dental x-rays?

    #73965
     eddy23 
    Participant

    False positives (type 2), and false negatives (type 1) errors no doubt can play a part particularly in reading poorly taken X-rays, such that the skill set of the reading physician is crucial, however they are checking for anomolies in hard tissue (bone), and inflamation, that becomes MORE pronounced with time, and it is miniscule (type 1) issues that fail to be discernable for the most part .The most common inspection is to view the apical tip of roots to determine the degree (or presence) of infection/inflammation- and the the suspect tooth has typically ALREADY been flagged by the patient. The x-ray confirms the patients’ object of concern, or shifts the concern to ‘other nearby issues, or perhaps even different origins altogether. When chasing this down with properly exposed x-ray technology, the errors are extremely rare.The other common need for X-ray is in the proper placement of ‘new cores’ in a tooth receiving a root canal; in this instance the density of the new core (wire), and the density of the root-tip yield a very easily read x-ray with no chance of errorfrom the x-ray record (not the procedure itself).

    Benign and not-so benign tumors would be a category where type 1 errors is an issue; X-rays don’t lend themselves all that well to soft-tissue anomolies; swollen areas are chased down, usually, by other techniques if the x-rays are un-helpful… and usually by a specialist.

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Spread the dental information

CONTACT US

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Sending

©2020 WorldDentalNetwork.com 

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

Create Account

next Gen ICT