Detection of Incidental Findings in Cone Beam Computed Tomography Imaging and Their Clinical Implications

Erika Benavides, Paul C. Edwards

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This chapter provides information on the radiographic presentation and locations of incidental and pathological findings in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, as well as their clinical implications. The overall goal of the chapter is to enhance the diagnostician's ability to identify incidental lesions and undertake appropriate steps where needed. More specifically, the chapter reviews incidental findings under the categories of (1) intracranial soft tissue calcifications and lesions, (2) extracranial soft tissue calcifications, (3) airway lesions, (4) lesions of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, (5) tooth-related findings and developmental defects of the jaws, (6) TMJ-associated processes, (7) lesions of the cervical spine, and (8) other miscellaneous findings. Each of these sections provides tables summarizing the CBCT presentation, age and gender distribution, and clinical implications, including the recommended follow-up for each CBCT lesion or finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCone Beam Computed Tomography in Orthodontics
Subtitle of host publicationIndications, Insights, and Innovations
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781118674888
ISBN (Print)9781118448489
StatePublished - Dec 31 2014


  • Clinical implications
  • Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • Incidental lesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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