In the past few years with improvement of 2D dental imaging technologies and introduction of 3D CBCT, the field of Oral Radiology diagnosis has gone through a true renaissance. Today we are able to visualize different anatomical structures of the patient’s teeth and jaws clearly and with no superimposition. But the important question is are we adequately equipped with the necessary knowledge to accurately spot the abnormalities in 3D and diagnose the pathologies and propose appropriate treatment options based on radiographic findings?
In this lecture we will discuss how to develop an analytical strategy to systematically review all 2D and 3D images and we will learn the importance of pattern recognition in recognizing and differentiating benign and malignant lesions. We will also review common but important soft tissue calcifications in plain film and CBCT. We will also get an overview of paranasal sinuses and TMJ evaluation. Lastly, we will review the role of interprofessional communication to improve patient outcomes and the importance of selection criteria in using different imaging modalities for a specific task.
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