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Continuing Dental Education

Panoramic Re-Primer – a live webinar

Ernest Lam, BSc, DMD, MSc, Cert. OMR, PhD, Dip ABOMR, FRCD(c)

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series

This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*


Course Description

Panoramic images are commonly acquired in dental practice, and it is important for dentists to understand the appropriateness of this imaging tool in diagnosis. The purpose of this lecture is to remind (or “re-prime”) dentists’ knowledge about panoramic imaging: how to systematically review the panoramic image, technical errors, and variations in normal anatomy that may simulate the appearance of disease; limitations of panoramic images in diagnosis; and when (and when not) to order imaging. As with any test that has an associated risk, the careful and judicious use of panoramic imaging in dental patients should result in a net benefit to their immediate management.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how patient positioning can adversely affect the appearance of panoramic images
  • Understand the role (and limitations) of panoramic imaging in diagnosis
  • Develop a systematic strategy for reviewing the panoramic image
  • Implement evidence-based criteria for ordering panoramic in general dental practice


Dr. Ernest LamDr. Ernest Lam’s areas of research and clinical interests are in oral and maxillofacial radiology and oral and maxillofacial radiology education research. He serves as a Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry.

Course Logistics

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Standard time


2 hours

*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.


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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.