Panoramic radiographs for detecting osteopenia: A pilot study

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Vivek Velayudhan Nair *
Sunila Thomas
Jincy Thomas
Cucoo Mariam Mathew
(*) Corresponding Author:
Vivek Velayudhan Nair | vivekv@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Osteoporosis characterized by low bone mass/osteopenia can be identified using radiomorphometric indices in routine panoramic radiographs. This study estimates the prevalence of osteopenia in 50-80 years age group, using panoramic mandibular index (PMI), mental index (MI) and mandibular cortical index (MCI). PMI, MI and MCI were applied on 36 panoramic radiographs; MI and MCI were compared with PMI. The prevalence of osteopenia was 11.1% with PMI and 44.4% with MCI. Using MI, the prevalence was 2.8% and 33.3% with 3mm and 4.77mm threshold respectively. The prevalence of osteopenia detected was highest using MCI (44.4%). Considering PMI as gold standard, MI with 4.77 mm threshold showed better agreement with PMI.

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Vivek Velayudhan Nair, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, PMS College of Dental Science & Research, Kerala

Professor & HOD, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Sunila Thomas, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, PMS College of Dental Science & Research, Kerala

Professor, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Jincy Thomas, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, PMS College of Dental Science & Research, Kerala

Reader, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Cucoo Mariam Mathew, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, PMS College of Dental Science & Research, Kerala

PostGraduate, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

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