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Radiology Specialty Scan

JADA+ Specialty Scan — Radiology is one of ten quarterly e-newsletters updating dentists on the latest news and developments in selected dental specialties and disciplines. Information in each scan is aggregated and summarized from previously published materials, each item attributed to its publication of origin. The consulting editor for JADA+ Specialty Scan — Radiology is Laurie C. Carter, DDS, PhD, past president, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.


November 30, 2018 Topics include: CBCT and bone exposure in patients with osteonecrosis of the jaw, external root resorption risk in second molars associated with impacted third molars, prevalence of infraorbital canal and Haller cells, and dermal filler evidence in radiographs.

September 14, 2018 Topics include: Prevalence of calcified carotid artery atheromas on radiographs of patients after first heart attack; Assessing brain responses of males and females to food stimuli; Estimating radiation doses and risks in children undergoing CBCT or 2D radiography.


October 13, 2017 Topics include: Anatomic variations of the paranasal sinuses and maxillary sinusitis; Using CBCT to assess the posterior maxillary region after single tooth loss; Examining the impact of patient shielding on skin-level radiation doses.

July 21, 2017 Topics include: Using digital panoramic images to detect risk indicators for fatal stroke in African American women; CBCT images compared on 3 display systems, tablet; Using CBCT to assess the anatomy of the maxillary sinuses before sinus augmentation.

April 21, 2017 Topics include: Importance of early diagnosis and management of impacted premaxillary supernumerary teeth; Assessing TMJ osteoarthritis in patients with hand osteoarthritis; Relationship between mandibular horizontal condylar angle and unilateral osteoarthritis degenerative changes.

January 20, 2017 Topics include: Assessing mandibular anatomy; Examining osteonecrosis of the jaw; General dentists’ awareness of radiation hazards.

October 7, 2016 Topics include: Low bone density and orthognathic surgery; Cervical spine injury and maxillofacial trauma; Computed tomography and early changes in patients treated with bisphosphonates.

July 29, 2016 Topics include: Correlation found between asymptomatic retinal arteriole emboli and CCAPs; Identifying common postradiotherapy changes in the jaw; The benefit of thyroid shielding. 

May 6, 2016 Topics include: Radiographs and skeletal development; CBCT for dental indications; Evaluating the mental foramen with CBCT.

January 8, 2016 Topics include: Osteonecrosis of the jaws; Carotid ultrasonography; Sharing dental images.

July 21, 2015 Topics include: Bone thickness and bisphosphonate use; Better panoramic radiography results for edentulous patients; Factors affecting CBCT re-exposure occurrence; Diagnosing head and neck lesions.

April 23, 2015 Topics include: Surgical trauma and osteoradionecrosis of the jaws; Predicting canine impaction; Diagnosing and managing vascular masses; Chronic kidney disease and jaw changes.

February 11, 2015 Topics include: Implications of intracranial lesions; CBCT and the evidence on endodontic treatment and outcomes; Mandible measurements and osteoporosis; Panoramic radiography, periodontitis and osteoporosis detection.

November 11, 2014 Topics include: Using CBCT to diagnose vertical root fractures; Radiation protection and children; Renal failure and the dental connection; The aging of wisdom teeth.

August 13, 2014 Topics include: Viewing images on new devices; Reporting findings in a CBCT volume; Combining technologies to increase efficiencies; New research bodes well for tracking enamel loss; Incidental findings on CBCT images.

May 12, 2014 Topics include: Detecting carotid artery calcification; Pursuing improved treatment for BRONJ; Analyzing the temporal bone with CBCT; CBCT and evidence-based benefits.