This case illustrates a normal facial bone series for trauma. For more normal examples like this one, please refer to the main article on normal head and neck imaging examples. Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads. Updating… Please wait.
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Paranasal sinus and facial bone radiography is the radiological investigation of the facial bones and paranasal sinuses. Plain radiography of the facial bones is still often used in the setting of trauma, postoperative assessments and dental radiography. Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys. Updating… Please wait. Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again. Thank you for updating your details. Log In. Sign Up.
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Jump to content. A facial X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones in the face. One type of facial X-ray called a paranasal sinus X-ray series looks at the air-filled cavities sinuses around the nose and eyes. X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that are focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body. X-rays make a picture by striking a detector that either exposes a film or sends the picture to a computer. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block absorb many of the X-rays and look white on an X-ray picture.