Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2013;144:802–17.

History of imaging in orthodontics: A history of overdiagnosis?

The stunningly informative and passionate Centennial Special Article by Hans et al on the successful history of x-ray imaging in orthodontics will surely impress readers.1 Without doubt, we agree with the authors’ standpoint that the history of x-ray imaging in orthodontics has contributed enormously to our understanding of craniofacial growth and thus to the development of orthodontics as a specialty. Yet while writing with such contagious enthusiasm that shows their persuasion of the importance of x-ray imaging in orthodontics, the authors have left little space for mentioning the risks of overimaging or overdiagnosis.

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