During a Chicago Midwinter Dental meeting some years ago, I was asked by representatives from Panoramic Corporation to recommend a good general textbook on panoramic radiography. I was informed there is a great deal of interest within the dental profession in obtaining clinically relevant information on how to achieve the maximum diagnostic yield from the panoramic radiograph.
On my personal library shelf, I had several texts on panoramic radiography published by such eminent sources as Manson-Hing, Langlais, and Chomenko; however, when I looked at the dates of publication inside the front covers of these books, I was disappointed to find that the latest revision was made much more than a decade ago. A thorough search of the World Wide Web, including “Bestwebbuys.com” showed that I was not mistaken in thinking that there was no available text based upon modern panoramic technology. No easy-to-access, up-to-date resource on panoramic radiography existed in the English language.
It is for this reason that I agreed to edit a newsletter on panoramic radiography that would be distributed as a service to the dental profession. My agreement was contingent upon editorial independence, strict avoidance of commercial content, and a focus on the interpretation of panoramic radiographs in general rather than radiographs made using a machine from one particular vendor. Each issue was to contain several pages of content, mostly devoted to one topic in each case. Since its inception in 2000, twenty-two episodes of Panoramic Imaging News have been published and, while the Newsletter is to continue, it has been decided to update and expand the subject materials published to date and present these in one convenient volume.
The editor/author-in-chief wishes to thank Panoramic Corporation for its collaboration over the past five years and for permission to reproduce prior topics from Panoramic Imaging News in this book format.