UW School of Dentistry


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Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Theory 1

Course Director: Peggy Lee
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) plays a paramount role in oral and maxillofacial diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment follow-up. It is important that DDS students obtain knowledge of radiation protection, knowledge of the potential effects of ionizing radiation, production of X-rays, intra-oral and extra-oral radiographic techniques and interpretation of OMFR radiographs (both 2D and 3D) and gain a basic knowledge of other medical imaging techniques (CT, MRI and ultrasonography) early in the program to allow them to work in the clinic and to function well within other disciplines during DDS training.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  1. Understand radiation physics and the biologic effects of ionizing radiation.
  2. Understand the basics and techniques of commonly used diagnostic imaging techniques in general dental practice.
  3. Interpret two and three dimensional dental and maxillofacial radiographs.
  4. Discuss and decide which type of and how many dental radiographs are needed on an individual basis. Explain to patients the benefits and potential risks of the use of diagnostic ionizing radiation.
  5. Practice commonly used digital imaging software tools.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 14

Date last updated: 2018-03-16