Errors generated with the use of rectangular collimation

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1991 Apr;71(4):509-13. doi: 10.1016/0030-4220(91)90442-f.


This study was designed to determine whether various techniques for achieving rectangular collimation generate different numbers and types of errors and remakes and to determine whether operator skill level influences errors and remakes. Eighteen students exposed full-mouth series of radiographs on manikins with the use of six techniques. The students were grouped according to skill level. The radiographs were evaluated for errors and remakes resulting from errors in the following categories: cone cutting, vertical angulation, and film placement. Significant differences were found among the techniques in cone cutting errors and remakes, vertical angulation errors and remakes, and total errors and remakes. Operator skill did not appear to influence the number or types of errors or remakes generated. Rectangular collimation techniques produced more errors than did the round collimation techniques. However, only one rectangular collimation technique generated significantly more remakes than the other techniques.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Observer Variation
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / instrumentation
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Radiography, Dental / instrumentation
  • Radiography, Dental / methods*