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Dental Considerations in Common Medical Imaging

Published: September 10, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9233

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  • Assessment Tool.pptx
  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Imaging Instructional Module.pptx
  • Instructor's Guide.doc

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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 a 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 resource is primarily a PowerPoint presentation with background information on oral health and illustrations of common imaging used in dentistry. It also includes a review of cases with imminent dental pathology. At the end of the module, an eight-question self-assessment tool is provided. This module can be utilized for individual or group seminars for medical students and residents, especially radiology residents. It is critical that medical students, residents, and ultimately physicians recognize the signs and appearance of dental disease on radiographs.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Define basic oral health facts from the US Surgeon General's report.
  2. Realize that the two most common oral diseases caries and periodontal disease are preventable.
  3. Be acquainted with common radiographic imaging used in dentistry.
  4. Describe medical computed tomography and plain film radiographic appearance of normal teeth, alveolar boney support of the dentition, and previous dental treatment.
  5. Recognize medical computed tomography and plain film radiographic appearance of caries and periodontal disease.
  6. Identify pathological and normal third molar (wisdom tooth) development on medical imaging.
  7. Distinguish secondary dental complications that may occur from trauma or accident.

Author Information

  • Louise Veselicky, DDS, MDS, MEd: West Virginia University School of Dentistry
  • Kenneth Veselicky: West Virginia University
  • Evan Kupec: West Virginia University
  • Jonathan Luke Zimmerman: West Virginia University

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Veselicky L, Veselicky K, Kupec E, Zimmerman J. Dental considerations in common medical imaging. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9233. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9233

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.