Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of a combination of 2 images (storage phosphor plates [SPPs] and F-speed films [Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY]) with a 10° difference in horizontal beam angulation resulted in better detectability of chemically created periapical defects than when only 1 image was used and whether a detectability as good as that achieved by limited cone-beam computed tomography (LCBCT) scanning could be achieved.
Methods: Lesions were created by 1, 1.5, and 2 hours of acid application apical to extracted teeth in jaw specimens. After repositioning, teeth were radiographed with Accu-I-Tomo LCBCT, Digora Optime SPP system, and F-speed films. The SPPs and films were exposed at 0° and 10° horizontal angulations. The diagnostic accuracy (Az) was compared using 2-way analysis of variance; pair-wise comparisons were performed using the post hoc t test. Kappa was used to measure interobserver agreement.
Results: A combination of 2 exposures with a 10° difference in horizontal angulation caused an increase, although not statistically significant, in the accuracy of both films and SPPs for all acid durations (P > .05) compared with when only 1 exposure was used. The accuracy did not approach that of LCBCT.
Conclusions: Using a combination of 2 exposures instead of 1 did not significantly increase the accuracy in detecting acid-induced lesions at the apices of single-rooted premolars. The accuracy of LCBCT was superior.
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