Imaging for the Dental Professional: Intra-Oral, Panoramic, & Cone Beam Radiographic Technique and Interpretation

Lecture/Hands-On Course specified for Dental Office Role


Tamra Hoffman, RDH and Vandana Kumar, DDS, MS and Lynn Prine, CDA

Date: May 24, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Deadline to Enroll: May 10, 2019
Location: UMKC School of Dentistry
Course Number: 1904
Tuition: $200
Credits: 3.0 ADA-Recognized Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. Separate groups will be created during the course to go in-depth into applicable knowledge for each attendee’s role in the dental office. Offices are encouraged to bring their whole staff.

Course Description:
This course establishes a sound understanding of various intra-oral and panoramic radiographic techniques and common errors, proper panoramic positioning and pitfalls as it applies to dentists and dental hygienists and assistants. The course will also review ADA guidelines for the prescription of dental radiographs and include bitewing and TMJ series utilizing a panoramic machine. During the course, attendees will be separated by role type (dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants) in order to gain knowledge in their specific role in the dental office. Those interested will learn Cone Beam technique on ICAT machine and learn how to navigate Treatment Studio Software (similar to Anatomage Software).

Course Objectives for the Dentist:
At the end of the course, dentists will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of infection control in a radiologic setting
  • Compare and contrast techniques required to capture diagnostic radiographs in different focal areas and with different levels of patient compliance
  • Identify common errors in the attainment of diagnostic radiographs
  • Differentiate the concept of bitewing and TMJ series on panoramic equipment
  • Discuss normal anatomy  and pathology in case discussions with CBCT scans , panoramic and  intra-oral radiographs

Course Objectives for the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant:
At the end of the course, dental hygienists and assistants will be able to:

  • Report understanding of the ADA guidelines pertaining to dental radiographic prescriptions
  • Identify atypical findings in panoramic projections
  • Take a diagnostic Full Mouth survey with minimal / no retakes
  • Take a diagnostic Panoramic radiographic with minimal / no positioning errors

Tamra Hoffman, RDH graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry with bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 2005. Professor Hoffman has been a full-time faculty member at the dental school since 2008 in the radiology department as a clinical instructor overseeing the diagnostic quality and interpretation of undergraduate students’ radiographs. She holds several board positions including: Past President of the UMKC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, President of Sigma Phi Alpha DH Honor Society, representative for United Way and UMKC Alumni Association Executive Board Vice President of Events. She has conducted interviews for both the UMKC Dental and Dental Hygiene Acceptance Committees and has received seven “Teaching in Excellence” awards from the students. Professor Hoffman brings a detailed understanding of the importance of diagnostic radiographs and years of experience culminating that knowledge into a teaching method tangible for future dentists and hygienists.

Vandana Kumar, DDS, MS is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at UMKC School of Dentistry, Kansas City, MO. She earned her MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007 and in the same year, earned her diplomat status from The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. She received her DDS from UMKC School of Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Kumar is also an internationally qualified specialist who received her BDS in Dentistry and Master’s in Operative Dentistry and Endodontics in India. She worked as a consultant endodontist in Abudhabi, UAE for eight years (1996-2004). She has more than 18 years of teaching experience in endodontics and maxillofacial radiology both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels here and abroad. She has been a receipt of numerous awards such as the AAOMR Williams H Rollins Award for outstanding research and the Centennial Award for outstanding academic achievement and potential for continued achievement beyond graduation. Dr. Kumar currently serves on various committees in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is co-chair of the Allied Health Radiology Committee. She has served on Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology section of ADEA as secretary, vice-chair and chair. As an academician, she chairs and serves in several academic committees including many MS theses supervising committees in all the dental specialties. She has co-authored the position paper published jointly by AAE and AAOMR. She has numerous articles and research abstracts to her credit and serves as an adhoc reviewer for DMFR, JDE and Angle Orthodont. She has also authored chapters in many books. Dr. Kumar is an invited speaker at national and international meetings. Her current interest and area of research is in the application of CBCT in Implant dentistry and Orthodontics and MRI applications in dentistry. She maintains a busy intramural practice limited to OMR.

Lynn Prine, CDA has been a Certified Dental Assistant for over 40 years.  She has worked as a chairside assistant in private practice, adjunct faculty for Penn Valley Community College Dental Assisting Program and currently is a member of the radiology staff at UMKC School of Dentistry.  Her duties are to instruct dental and dental hygiene students in how to take radiographs as well as assist the students with x-rays on patients in the dental clinic.

Lynn has been a member of the American Dental Assisting Association since 1976. She is a past President of the Missouri Dental Assistants Association and Greater Kansas City Dental Assisting Society.  Thru the MDAA, Lynn facilitated nitrous oxide monitoring and expanded function CE programs for dental assistants.

For additional information or to register, call 816-235-2142.