C-arm fluoroscopy: a reliable modality for retrieval of foreign bodies in the maxillofacial region

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2013 Nov 1;14(6):1193-6. doi: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1475.


The anatomic complexity of the maxillofacial region makes the retrieval of foreign bodies a daunting task for the maxillofacial Surgeon. Moreover the inability of 2-dimensional imaging to precisely locate foreign bodies makes it challenging. The anatomic proximity of critical structures and esthetic considerations limits the access and thus poses a greater challenge for the surgeon in cases of foreign body retrieval. Hereby we propose a simple technique and a case report to support, the retrieval of small (<5 mm greatest dimension) objects from the maxillofacial region. The present technique uses a 2 dimensional mobile C arm Fluoroscopy and a needle triangulation method to precisely locate a loosened miniplate screw in the mandibular angle region.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Screws / adverse effects*
  • Equipment Failure
  • Fluoroscopy / instrumentation
  • Fluoroscopy / methods*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandible / surgery*
  • Mandibular Fractures / surgery
  • Needles
  • Radiography, Interventional / instrumentation
  • Radiography, Interventional / methods*
  • Radiography, Panoramic / methods