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A radiograph that demonstrates large differences in density between adjacent areas. Short-scale contrast is a result of low kilovoltage peak (kVp). In dental radiography, for example, a kVp less than about 60 must be used to produce a radiograph with short-scale contrast.
See also: contrast
short-scale con·trast(shōrt-skāl kontrast)
A radiographic image that shows areas mainly of black and white, and thus has high contrast.