Skull (Waters view)

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The occipitomental (OM) or Waters view is an angled PA radiograph of the skull, with the patient gazing slightly upwards. It can be used to assess for facial fractures, as well as for acute sinusitis. Skull radiographs, in general, are rapidly becoming obsolete, being replaced by much more sensitive CT scans.

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rID: 43200
System: Head & Neck
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Waters view
  • Occipitomental (OM) view
  • Occipitomental view
  • OM view

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