- Oral and maxillofacial radiology is a specialization in dentistry and a discipline in radiology
- An OMR can help doctors diagnose and make management plans for disorders and diseases on the face, mouth, and jaws
- He or she is tasked with interpreting images of the head, neck, and face from different radiographic modalities
Oral and maxillofacial radiology is one of many specialties that you can take under dentistry. It is also a discipline in radiology that focuses on the interpretation of different radiographic images that comes from CT scans or MRI scans. These scans are used to help doctors diagnose and plan for the management of certain diseases and disorders that are associated with the face, mouth, and jaws.
An oral and maxillofacial radiologist is a dentist who has the knowledge and expertise when it comes to interpreting images of the head, neck, face, and jaw area for the detection of different medical conditions. In order for dentists to become an OMR, he or she must be able to complete a residency from the ADA or the American Dental Association’s accredited program. During his or her training, the dentist must gain a thorough knowledge with regards to the techniques, as well as with the interpretation of maxillofacial scans whether it is from ultrasound, MRI, CBCT, CT or other similar imaging technology.
If you want to know more about this profession, you can get more information at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology's website. http://www.aaomr.org/