Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology as Center of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Academic Practice
Oral and maxillofacial radiology is gaining importance exponentially with time as an essential element in diagnosis and treatment planning in all dental specialties. The radiology reporting service in UTHSCSA dental school is one of the biggest and the busiest in the world of maxillofacial imaging were our role in dental treatment is totally fulfilled. However, during our daily practice, we get to deal with cases were we have, by teaming-up with the patient’s dentists and physicians, to move the dental treatment to the back seat and explore the presence of, serious to life-threatening, diseases. This major role cannot be played without a thorough knowledge of CT anatomy of the entire acquired image volume, anatomic variations, and observation of abnormalities as well as a rigid approach that all image data be systematically reviewed for disease.
In this presentation, we will go through a series of cases, where CBCT volumes were referred to our service for regular consults, and we detected findings that revealed extremely more serious conditions.
- Explaining the basic approach of any radiographic interpretation
- Emphasizing on the importance of a radiographic read with no influence of subjective findings
- Differentiating between local and systemic conditions
- Marking the importance of rigid approach that all image data be systematically reviewed for disease.