The panoramic x-ray, or Panorex, shows a patient’s nasal area, sinuses, jaw joints, teeth and surrounding bone. It reveals cysts, tumors, bone irregularities and more. The panoramic x-ray is also needed in the diagnosis and treatment of impacted teeth and for orthodontic treatment.
Panoramic x-rays are usually first taken when a child is about 7 years old to ascertain the presence of all permanent teeth. Early diagnosis and intervention can result in less invasive future orthodontic treatment and time in treatment.