Inadequate And Improper Labeling Of Plain Radiographic Films Of The Orofacial Region: Our Experience
Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate how the labeling of radiographic films of the orofacial region met with the minimum requirements in clinical evaluation and patients' management. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective review of 504 orofacial radiographic films seen at oral and maxillofacial surgery units of three specialist hospitals in eastern Nigeria between 2001 and 2006 analyzing the proper identification of Names of the patients, Dates the radiographic films were taken, Sides in terms of right or left, Ages and Sexes of the patients on the films. Results: Out of the 504 films analyzed, only 7 (1.4%) were adequately labeled with reference to the five parameters stated above. There were 172 (34.1%) posterior anterior view, 154 (30.6%) oblique lateral view, 106 (21%) occipitomental view and 72 (14.3%) were submentovertical view. Conclusion: There is poor and incomplete labeling of plain radiographic images of the orofacial region in our environment making patients' identification and proper diagnosis difficult. This paper therefore, calls on the radiographers to label the plain radiographic films properly to assist clinicians in patients' identification and make proper clinical evaluation less cumbersome.
Keywords: labeling, films, improper, Enugu
Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol. 7 (1&2) 2008: pp. 27-30