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Validity of 2D lateral cephalometry in orthodontics: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in Progress in Orthodontics, September 2013
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Validity of 2D lateral cephalometry in orthodontics: a systematic review
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Progress in Orthodontics, September 2013
DOI 10.1186/2196-1042-14-31
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Ana R Durão, Pisha Pittayapat, Maria Ivete B Rockenbach, Raphael Olszewski, Suk Ng, Afonso P Ferreira, Reinhilde Jacobs


Lateral cephalometric radiography is commonly used as a standard tool in orthodontic assessment and treatment planning. The aim of this study was to evaluate the available scientific literature and existing evidence for the validation of using lateral cephalometric imaging for orthodontic treatment planning. The secondary objective was to determine the accuracy and reliability of this technique. We did not attempt to evaluate the value of this radiographic technique for other purposes. A literature search was performed using specific keywords on electronic databases: Ovid MEDLINE, Scopus and Web of Science. Two reviewers selected relevant articles, corresponding to predetermined inclusion criteria. The electronic search was followed by a hand search of the reference lists of relevant papers. Two reviewers assessed the level of evidence of relevant publications as high, moderate or low. Based on this, the evidence grade for diagnostic efficacy was rated as strong, moderately strong, limited or insufficient. The initial search revealed 784 articles listed in MEDLINE (Ovid), 1,034 in Scopus and 264 articles in the Web of Science. Only 17 articles met the inclusion criteria and were selected for qualitative synthesis. Results showed seven studies on the role of cephalometry in orthodontic treatment planning, eight concerning cephalometric measurements and landmark identification and two on cephalometric analysis. It is surprising that, notwithstanding the 968 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, scientific evidence on the usefulness of this radiographic technique in orthodontics is still lacking, with contradictory results. More rigorous research on a larger study population should be performed to achieve full evidence on this topic.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Colombia 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Uruguay 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 158 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 32 20%
Student > Postgraduate 27 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 7%
Student > Bachelor 11 7%
Other 31 19%
Unknown 36 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 100 61%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 3%
Engineering 3 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 1%
Unspecified 2 1%
Other 9 6%
Unknown 42 26%

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