Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is a specialty recognized by the Canadian Dental Association. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the prescription, production, and interpretation of diagnostic images for the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the craniofacial complex.

Fellowship recognizes competence in the practice of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is the highest professional achievement for an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist in Canada. Fellows in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology are currently working throughout Canada and the United States in private specialty practices, dental schools, cancer centres, and teaching hospitals.

Examination Information

Part 1 (Clinical)

This section of the Interpretation of Radiological Diagnostic Images Examination consists of patient diagnostic images. The patient’s age and sex will be provided. For each set of images, the candidate will be expected to provide the following information in written form:

  • 1.Identify the diagnostic image(s) provided, including imaging modality and anatomical area depicted.
  • 2.Describe the pertinent findings on the images in the format of a Radiology Report.
  • 3.Provide a differentialor definitive interpretation of the abnormality/ies.
  • 4.Comment on the management of the case (where applicable, other images, imaging techniques, or diagnostictests that may be indicated to provide further information).

Part 2 (Oral)

This section of the Interpretation of Radiological Diagnostic Images Examination is an oral examination which consists of patient diagnostic images. The patient’s age and sex will be provided. For each patient case, the candidate will be expected to provide the following information orally:

  • 1.Identify the diagnostic image(s) provided, including imaging modality and anatomical area depicted.
  • 2.Describe the pertinent findings on the images verbally.
  • 3.Provide a differential or definitive interpretation of the abnormality/ies.
  • 4.Comment on the management of the case (where applicable, other images, imaging techniques, or diagnostic tests that may be indicated to provide further information).

Topics to Review

  • Imaging Techniques
  • Anatomy on Diagnostic Images
  • Pathogenesis/Pathophysiology
  • Dental Developmental Abnormalities
  • Developmental Abnormalities of the Jaws and Facial Bones
  • Cysts
  • Neoplasia (Benign and Malignant)
  • Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases
  • Fibro-Osseous Diseases
  • Bone and Hard Tissue Dysplasias
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases
  • Soft tissue calcifications
  • Trauma
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pathoses
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Paranasal Sinus Pathoses

Please note that all topics may not necessarily appear in every examination. 

Candidate Study Guide

The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during the Fellowship Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.

Study Guide

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