Lateral Cephalogram (Lat Ceph)

A Lateral Cephalogram (or Lat Ceph) is an x-ray taken of the side of the face with very precise positioning, so that various measurements can be made to determine the current and future relationship of the top and bottom jaw (maxilla and mandible) and therefore assess the nature of a patient's bite. This is particularly useful to plan any orthodontic treatment that may be necessary.  

Preparation

No special preparation is required. Patients will be asked to remove jewellery and metallic items from the head and neck region.

During your examination

During the examination, the patient’s head will be positioned in callipers that fit into the ears like earphones. A measuring device will be placed at the bridge of the nose.  

After your examination

After your examination, you will be able to resume normal activities.