Technology in the field of radiology is changing so quickly
that practitioners like oral and maxillofacial radiologists are pioneers in a
constantly evolving field of practice. It’s an exciting and growing specialty
for dental students to consider.
Oral radiologists have advanced education and experience in
radiation physics, biology, safety and hygiene, which enables them to take and
interpret conventional and digital images, computed tomography (CT) and
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and similar techniques to help diagnose
and treat oral-facial diseases and conditions.
Training programs in this specialty last from 24 to 36
months, depending on the certificate or degree offered. There are currently
eight programs offered in the United States.