Imaging of mandibular trauma: ROC analysis. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To compare the diagnostic efficacies of panoramic radiographs, mandibular trauma series, and digitized radiographs for detection of fractures of the mandible. METHODS: Fractures were induced using blunt trauma in 25 cadaver mandibles. Panoramic radiographs, digitized radiographs, and mandibular series comprising an anteroposterior view, two lateral oblique, and a reverse Towne's were used. Six observers recorded their diagnoses using a five-point confidence rating scale. The data were analyzed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. RESULTS: Significant differences based on imaging modalities were found (p < 0.0015) in the area under the curves (A(z)): panoramic radiograph, 0.8762; mandibular series, 0.7521; panoramic plus anteroposterior radiographs combination, 0.8886; and digitized mandibular series, 0.7723. No observer-based differences were noted. Condylar and coronoid fractures were difficult to detect than those in other areas of the mandible (p < 0.033). Intra- and inter-observer agreements were high (kappa(w) = 0.81 and 0.76, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Panoramic radiographs are adequate for detection of mandibular fractures. Addition of an anteroposterior view augments diagnostic accuracy.

published proceedings

  • Acad Emerg Med

altmetric score

  • 8.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Nair, M. K., & Nair, U. P.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Nair, MK||Nair, UP

publication date

  • July 2001