A panorex x-ray provides a full view of the upper and lower jaws, teeth, temporomandibular joints, and sinuses. It clearly shows impacted teeth or other intrabony abnormalities, and surrounding anatomy. The image on the right is an example of a panorex x-ray.
Panorex x-rays are often used to examine for wisdom teeth. This type of x-ray can show the relationship of the developing tooth roots to the mandibular nerve and maxillary sinus cavities. Usually, a panorex needs to be taken within the last year to accurately show the level of development of the tooth roots.