Digital Dental X-ray – OPG and Lat Ceph

What is an OPG?

An Orthopantomogram or an OPG, is a scan that gives a panoramic view of your jaw and teeth. The scan can provide information on wisdom teeth, periodontal bone loss, orthodontic assessment, TMJ joint dysfunction, jaw trauma, dental pain, or be used as part of a general dental check-up.

What is a Lat Ceph?

A Lateral Cephalogram or a Lat Ceph, is another scan that is also performed on the OPG machine. This scan provides a lateral (side) view of the skull. This type of scan is predominantly used for orthodontic planning but may be used to check other things such as how your teeth bite together.

Before and after the procedure

Both procedures are quick and simple, requiring no special preparations or post care.

During the procedure

The scan is performed on our state-of-the-art digital OPG machine. You may be required to remove jewellery or any other objects that may obstruct the scan. Scans require you to stand upright in a stationary position, lightly biting a sterile mouthpiece to steady your head and eliminate any movement for the duration. The scan usually takes 10 seconds to complete.

Who will be performing the procedure?

A qualified radiographer part of the highly trained Imaging Central team will be guiding you through and performing your scan.


This is a Walk-in procedure where no bookings are required.


A digital film copy will be provided to you after the scan. The scan is then reported by a radiologist and the results are then electronically sent to your referring doctor.

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