Radiographic screening of edentulous patients: sense or nonsense? A risk-benefit analysis.

  • J J Keur
  • Published 1986 in Oral surgery, oral medicine, and oral pathology


The benefits of radiographic examination of symptomless edentulous patients are presented. Based on data from the literature, an estimate of the risk of fatal malignancy from such a procedure is provided. Because the benefits are considerable and the risks low, a recommendation for selective screening of edentulous patients is made. 


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