Three-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography for diagnosis of keratocystic odontogenic tumours; Evaluation of four cases

Kocak-Berberoglu H., Cakarer S., Brkic A., Gurkan-Koseoglu B., Altug-Aydil B., Keskin C.

MEDICINA ORAL PATOLOGIA ORAL Y CIRUGIA BUCAL, vol.17, no.6, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4317/medoral.17629
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Odontogenic keratocyst, cone-beam computed tomography, three dimensional, panoramic radiograph, CT
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The keratocystic odontogenic tumour (KCOT), formerly known as the odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) is a benign intraosseous lesion that derives from remnants of the dental lamina. Due to its characteristics, clinical and histopathological features and various treatment approaches, this pathology is different comparing with other odontogenic cysts. Radiographically the KCOT appears as well-defined unilocular or multilocular radiolucency with thin radiopaque borders. In most cases, conventional radiographic imaging, such as panoramic views and intraoral periapical films, are adequate to determine the location and estimate the size of an KCOT. However, the clinical use for cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in oral and maxillofacial surgery increases and provides additional information about the contents and borders of the large lesions. In the present cases, the diagnostic performances of CBCT versus panoramic radiograph for four KCOTs were evaluated. It was concluded that appearance of lesions in the maxillofacial region could be better documented in the correct dimensions by CBCT versus panoramic radiograph.