Dental Considerations in Common Medical Imaging

Publication ID Published Volume
9233 September 10, 2012 8


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.

This is a submission to the Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum. I am working on another project that was accepted for the Oral Health in Medicine Resource Development Award. I had not submitted this topic (Radiology) for the development award. However, when I attended my training in DC, at AAMC, I mentioned this topic to Dr. Carol Aschenbrener who indicated that it had potential to be an excellent addition to the Oral Health in Medicine Model curriculum. It is critical that medical students, residents, and ultimately physicians recognize the signs and appearance of dental disease on radiographs. I recently read an editorial in a dental journal where the individual commented that dentists are now beginning to use cone beam CT imaging for certain dental problems and that they need to learn how to read these images for other pathology, but that physicians have routinely ignored dental pathology seen on medical images. This power point module can be utilized for individual, or group seminars for medical students and residents, especially radiology residents. It is a self contained training module.


Veselicky L, Veselicky K, Kupec E, Zimmerman J. Dental considerations in common medical imaging. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9233.

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

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