Top 5 stories of 2020 on imaging

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Imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), was featured in some of's most interesting stories of 2020. Imaging assisted in everything from identifying rare dental anomalies to helping remove a swallowed dental needle.

In case you missed them, check out the top five imaging stories from 2020:

  1. Imaging reveals baby girl in SC born with 2nd mouth

    MRI and CT helped clinicians determine that a mass located on the chin of a newborn girl was a second oral cavity. The cavity contained unerupted teeth and an accessory tongue that moved in sync with her oral tongue, according to a case report.
  2. Case report: CBCT shows man has rare kissing molars and more

    Cone-beam CT (CBCT) revealed that a man had the rare dental conditions of kissing molars, bilateral distomolars, and macrodontia. An intraoral exam failed to detect the conditions.
  3. Old CT image shows screw in a 5-year-old's jaw, ends in surgery

    A mother in Colorado considered suing after she discovered a CT image that showed a large screw embedded in the jaw of her 5-year-old daughter. The screw likely was left behind following a dental surgery that was done when she was a baby.
  4. What COVID-19 revealed about dental x-rays

    The recommendation to avoid intraoral x-rays during the COVID-19 pandemic due to potential aerosolization had an unexpected upside -- it showcased the usefulness of extraoral bitewings, according to an article in the British Dental Journal.
  5. 3-cm swallowed needle removed from patient's neck

    Clinicians removed a 3-cm needle from a patient who swallowed it, likely during a dental procedure. This is believed to be the first reported case of an ingested dental needle causing neck pain, according to the case report.
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