The clinical study:

A Comparison of Intraoral versus Extraoral Bitewing Radiography
to Detect Proximal Caries and Loss of Alveolar Bone.

Chan, M. (2015). Manuscript submitted for publication. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.




  • 2X caries detection1 from Planmeca-patented Selectively Compliant Articulated Robotic Arm (SCARA) technology

  • Significantly greater bone loss detection rate1

  • Consistent opening of interproximal contacts



  • Extraoral imaging provides more diagnostic information1 at less radiation than the 4 intraoral sensors traditionally required

  • ALADA (As Low As Diagnostically Acceptable) radiation principle is followed

  • Adjustable mA and kV allow optimal radiation dose



  • Extraoral x-rays offer comfortable imaging to patients; easy-to-position bite stick eliminates traditional intraoral sensor placement and discomfort

  • Open, face-to-face positioning offers ideal imaging experience for all patients, especially children, claustrophobic patients, and patients with special needs

  • Eliminate retakes, gagging, and unnecessary patient discomfort



What your peers say about extraoral bitewings:


“Extraoral bitewings using the Planmeca ProMax 3D are undeniably among the "front-line" diagnostic means in my practice for the routine diagnosis of caries and pathology during routine exams. The amount of information relayed far surpasses anything that traditional intraoral bitewings can achieve because they not only show the interproximal areas perfectly, but they also show the periapical bone and surrounding structures. There is rarely any overlap and they are much more consistently taken by my staff. We know we are delivering much less radiation for the amount of information received than with conventional techniques. And of equal importance - they are comfortable for patients - with nothing in their mouths to gag or to abrade them.”

- Eugene L. Antenucci, DDS

Bay Dental Health, Bay Shore, NY

“The Planmeca Extraoral Bitewing technique has become an essential part of our daily workflow. Our patients benefit from lower radiation and greater comfort. Clinically we benefit by seeing more and diagnosing our patients' problems earlier, avoiding unnecessary cost and complications. This has been one of the few technologies embraced by the entire staff.”

- William Yant, DDS

Dental Health Group, Oakland, MD


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