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Protocols in Panoramic Radiographic Interpretation

Protocols in Panoramic Radiographic Interpretation

Friday, January 15, 2016

Could you be missing tumors, calcifications and other conditions on panoramic radiographs that impact your dental treatment?

Because normal anatomy and variations of normal are most difficult to interpret on panoramic radiographs, you may be missing diseases or treating normal conditions. In this course, you will learn how to build your diagnostic skills for dental implants, oral surgery, TMD and dental trauma as well as other dental and head and neck disorders through understanding protocols in panoramic interpretation. Two oral and maxillofacial radiologists will show you how to easily and efficiently evaluate panoramic radiographs. You will benefit from an interactive format using actual patient radiographs. Patient cases will involve: 1) systemic diseases, 2) TMJ disorders, 3) sinus pathology, 4) impactions, 5) cysts and tumors, 6) inflammation and infection, 7) trauma, and 8) soft tissue calcification. You will take away from this course greater confidence and skill in your diagnosis and treatment planning with panoramic radiographs.


You will discover 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.
  • identify and correct errors with panoramic radiographic techniques.
Who Should Attend

General dentists and specialists who would like to become more proficient with the interpretation of panoramic radiographs.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, case presentations, interactive panoramic radiograph interpretation.


Mansur Ahmad, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis, and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate and Past President, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Laurence Gaalaas, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.


Here’s what previous attendees had to say about the course: 

“Great course–great explanations, good amount of repetition and review, helpful self-assessments, very interesting…Dr. Ahmad did an excellent job.” Anonymous

“Would highly recommend this course as a wonderful refresher.” Dr. Thomas Kollodge, Plymouth, Minnesota

“Dr. Ahmad is a great lecturer, adds in humor and makes the lecture relevant to clinical practice.” Anonymous

“Very clinically applicable. Would recommend it highly!” Anonymous

"Clear, well paced, applicable." Dr. Douglas Shamp, Maple Grove, Minnesota

“Engaging and well organized.” Dr. Nilesh Thakkar, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

"Course content was excellent, staff and presenter were extremely helpful/friendly."  Dr. M. Nan Kelsey, Omaha, Nebraska

"Much clinical information." Dr. Ravi Gupta, Mounds View, Minnesota




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