An OPG is usually used by dentists and surgeons to take X-rays of teeth and surrounding structures.
Commonly asked questions about OPG
An OPG machine uses x-rays to take images of your teeth and the surrounding bone and skull. It is usually used by dentists and oral surgeons.
Yes, we will need a referral from your GP or specialist doctor in order to make an appointment.
There is no preparation required for an OPG.
Please just let us know if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
You will be asked to remove jewellery and other metal from your ears and face; you may need to change into a hospital gown.
The radiographer will ask you to sit under the machine while the scanner moves across your face. You need to be as still as possible to avoid blurring the image.
A single examination usually takes an average of 10 minutes.
The radiologist’s report is automatically forwarded to your referring doctor/dentist, and you will need to make an appointment with them to follow up on your results.