An update on the use of ultrasound imaging in oral and maxillofacial surgery

British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 08/31/2010

Ultrasound is a relatively inexpensive, non–invasive, and readily available technique that is well tolerated by patients. It is particularly useful in the examination of superficial structures where the use of a high frequency linear probe (7.5–12 MHz) produces high definition multi–planar images. The spatial resolution achieved is superior to other methods of cross–sectional imaging and, when combined with tissue biopsying techniques such as fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) or core biopsy samples, it is rendered a highly specific diagnostic tool.

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