This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and contemporary & evidence-based information about conventional and advanced diagnostic imaging modalities that are of interest to postgraduate students in various dental specialty programs. A review of indications, task-specific image acquisition, image analysis, cross-sectional dentoalveolar, and maxillofacial imaging anatomy for various imaging modalities will be presented. Students will learn the rationale for selecting a certain image acquisition protocol, image acquisition process, evaluation of post-processed images for quality assurance, and navigating a diagnostic imaging exam for a given indication. In addition, national regulations (Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation) regarding radiation use in healthcare and International Council on Radiation Protection (ICRP) guidelines will be covered.
The goal of this course is to help postgraduate students identify the indications of and evaluate various imaging exams used in dental practice for synthesizing required diagnostic information.