Dental Considerations in Common Medical Imaging

Publication ID Published Version
9233 September 10, 2012 1


This learning module is on oral findings in routine medical imaging. It is designed to improve the ability of the medical student, resident, and practicing radiologist/physician to identify pathology of the oral cavity seen on routine medical imaging with special emphasis on the dentition and the supporting tissues. Additionally changes secondary to dental treatment are illustrated. Recommendations for dental follow up, if indicated, are noted as a means of optimizing health through collaborative care. This is a PowerPoint presentation with background information on oral health, Illustrations of common imaging used in Dentistry, illustrations of medical imaging with the appearance of normal teeth and supporting oral structures and/or previous dental treatment evident in the imaging as well as a review of cases with imminent dental pathology. At the end of the module an 8 question self assessment tool is provided.


Veselicky L, Veselicky K, Kupec E, Zimmerman J. Dental Considerations in Common Medical Imaging. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To define basic oral health facts from the U.S. Surgeon General's report.
  2. To realize that the two most common oral diseases caries and periodontal disease are preventable.
  3. To be acquainted with common radiographic imaging used in dentistry.
  4. To describe medical CT and plain film radiographic appearance of normal teeth, alveolar boney support of the dentition, and previous dental treatment.
  5. To recognize medical CT and plain film radiographic appearance of caries and periodontal disease.
  6. To identify pathological and normal third molar (wisdom tooth) development on medical imaging.
  7. To distinguish secondary dental complications that may occur from trauma or accident.


  • Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Radiology
      • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Dental
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
    • Periodontics


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
    • Promote health prevention
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Assessment
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident


  • Evaluation Tool
  • Image
  • Presentation

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