Cephalometry

Cephalometry is a specialized type of radiographic technique used in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. It involves taking a lateral (side-view) radiograph of the head to study the relationships and measurements of various skeletal and soft tissue structures of the head and neck. This radiograph is commonly known as a cephalometric radiograph or cephalogram.

The primary purposes of cephalometry include:

  1. Orthodontic Treatment Planning: By analyzing the cephalometric radiograph, orthodontists can understand the positional relationships of the teeth, jaws, and other craniofacial structures. This information is crucial for planning orthodontic treatments, such as braces or orthognathic surgery.
  2. Growth Analysis: For growing patients, cephalograms taken at different times can help in understanding the pattern and direction of craniofacial growth.
  3. Profile Analysis: Cephalometry aids in evaluating the facial profile and understanding how orthodontic treatment or orthognathic surgery might impact the facial aesthetics.
  4. Treatment Monitoring: During orthodontic treatments, periodic cephalograms can be used to monitor the movement of teeth and jaws and to assess the treatment's effectiveness.
  5. Research: Cephalometric analysis is often employed in orthodontic research to develop or validate various treatment methodologies.

On the cephalometric radiograph, specific anatomical points are identified, and lines are drawn connecting these points. Measurements, including angles and distances, are then taken to analyze the spatial relationships of these structures. This data is used to assess the patient's craniofacial configuration and determine an appropriate treatment plan.

FAQ

When should a Cephalometry be performed?

Cephalometry, or the taking of cephalometric radiographs, should be performed under the following circumstances:

  1. Orthodontic Evaluation: Before beginning orthodontic treatment, cephalometry can provide essential data about the positional relationships of the teeth, jawbones, and craniofacial structures, which helps in devising a tailored treatment plan.
  2. Treatment Monitoring: During orthodontic treatment, especially long-term treatments involving braces or other appliances, periodic cephalograms can be used to monitor the movement of teeth and jaws. It helps orthodontists assess if the treatment is progressing as planned and make necessary adjustments.
  3. Post-Treatment Evaluation:
  4. Orthognathic Surgery Planning: For patients considering orthognathic (jaw) surgery to correct skeletal discrepancies, cephalometric analysis is crucial for surgical planning and predicting post-surgical outcomes.
  5. Growth Analysis: In growing patients, cephalometric radiographs taken at different intervals can monitor craniofacial growth patterns. This is particularly useful when predicting how growth may impact orthodontic treatment or outcomes.
  6. Research and Study: In academic and research settings, cephalometric analysis can be utilized to study various craniofacial patterns, treatment methods, or validate new techniques.
  7. Assessment of Sleep Apnea: Cephalometry can help in the evaluation of the airway, making it valuable in assessing conditions like obstructive sleep apnea. The position and size of the jawbones and soft tissues can influence the airway's patency.
  8. Profile Analysis: For patients concerned about their facial aesthetics, particularly their side profile, a cephalogram can give insights into how different treatments might alter their facial contours.

Is the procedure painful?
No, the procedure is non-invasive and painless. You'll simply need to stand or sit still during the imaging process.

Do I need to prepare for the procedure?
No special preparation is required. However, you'll be asked to remove any metal objects like glasses, earrings, and necklaces. If you have dental appliances or dentures, you might need to remove them as well.

When will I get my results?
Shortly after each examination we will send the results via email to you and/or to your doctor's email address listed on the referral. Additionally we can provide the results on a CD or Pendrive.

Is it safe to have a Cephalometry during pregnancy?
Always inform your dentist or technician if you're pregnant or suspect you might be. While the radiation dose is low, it's a general practice to avoid unnecessary X-rays during pregnancy.

Can children undergo cephalometry?

Yes, it's commonly used in children, especially when undergoing orthodontic evaluation and treatment, to monitor growth and development changes.

Always consult with your doctor for specific details and any further queries related to cephalometry or any other medical procedure.


Price

90  zł

Duration of the examination

3 second

Referral

Required

Radiation Dose

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3-20 hours flight
The radiation dose during the examination is minimal (20-150 µSv). To put it in perspective, it is equivalent to a 3-20 hours flight.
(for each service, please keep the hours of flying from polish version)