Prevalence of Errors Present in Intra Oral Periapical Radiographs in Patients Visiting a Private Dental College


Manjari Chaudhary* and Ramya G


Radiographs have become an important tool for diagnosis in dentistry as well as treatment planning. Proper techniques, safety measures and knowledge regarding taking radiographs is imperative for a dental professional.


The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of errors present in intraoral periapical radiographs (IOPA) in patients visiting a private dental college.

Materials And Methods

This study was conducted in the Department of Oral Medicine And Radiology. A total of 100 periapical radiographs were included in the current study. All the assessed intraoral periapical radiographs were taken using digital radiography in the bisecting angle technique.


A total of 100 radiographs were included in the stud, out of which 66 % of the IOPAs were found to possess no error, 10 % of the IOPAs had cone cut, in 8 %, angulation defects were found, 6 % had foreshortening, elongation found in 5 % of the IOPAs, 5 % were blurred as assessed in this study. The study population showed a female predilection.


This study has classified and evaluated all the faults that can occur in recording an IOPA. Hence this will help us to overcome the faults in practising dental radiograph by the dental students.