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About this radiology CE Course

In this West Central Wisconsin Study Club Radiography Interpretation CE course, you will learn how to build your diagnostic skills for everyday general and specialty dental practice. The course is designed to show you how to easily and efficiently evaluate panoramic radiographs and CBCT scans. Topics include: 1) variation of normal anatomy, 2) systemic diseases, 3) sinus pathology, 4) impactions, 5) cysts and tumors, 6) inflammation and infection, 7) trauma, 8) soft tissue calcification and 9) TMJ disorders. You will take away from this course greater confidence and skill in your diagnosis and treatment planning with panoramic radiographs and CBCT scans.

Educational materials

Please download the handouts. Also, please review the pre-course materials. It will be beneficial if you can bring a fully charged iPad or simialr device to see the images on your screen. This course is designed for general dentists and specialists like you who would like to become more proficient with the interpretation of radiographs.

Course Objectives

In this CE course, you will learn how to distinguish between normal and abnormal pathology, identify commonly missed conditions that may have an adverse affect on your dental treatment, discern which lesions need immediate attention and which ones can be watched, determine when more than a panoramic radiograph is needed, and identify and correct errors with panoramic radiographic techniques.

Preparing for the this CE Course

Course participants will benefit most if they come prepared after a review of panoramic anatomy. We have included six panoramic radiographs marked with the most common anatomic landmarks. These include:

  • Common osseous landmarks
  • Common soft tissue landmarks
  • Ghost (contra-lateral) structures
  • Variation of normal anatomy

Published reports (Rushton et al., 1999; Brezden and Brooks, 1987) indicate that about 99% of panoramic radiographs have some technical errors. Many of these errors make the film non-diagnostic. Peretz et al. (2011) reports that almost 40% of panoramic radiographs from private dental offices in their study were non-diagnostic. As part of this course, you will identify technical errors on panoramic radiographs and learn ways to correct these. Please review some of the most common errors here:

  • Tongue position error
  • Tongue motion error
  • Left or right rotation error
  • Chin rotated up or down
  • Position too far forward
  • Position too far backward
  • Foreign bodies
  • Motion
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