ADA free webinar exploring radiographs, diagnostic imaging

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In a time when teledentistry is gaining more attention during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA will stream a free webinar in May that takes a close look at the different types of images needed for diagnosis, treatment planning and operative procedures.

Radiographs – What to Consider When Coding Diagnostic Imaging will air May 7 from noon-1 p.m. Central time and offers one hour of continuing education credit.

The webinar will address the evolving tools, techniques and scenarios for image capture and interpretation, as well as provide specific answers to questions that may have come to mind such as:

• Am I reporting bitewings correctly when capturing the image extra-orally?  
• In a teledentistry encounter, how are image capture and interpretation procedures documented?  
• When is it necessary or helpful to include diagnostic images with a claim submission?  
• What are the latest diagnostic imaging CDT codes?  

The program concludes with a question-and-answer period with the dentist presenters: Drs. Jessica Stilley and Walter Weber, both members of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs.

Dr. Stilley is a periodontist practicing in the Tampa, Florida, area. She received her dental degree from the University of Florida and her periodontal training at The Ohio State University. She is the president of the Florida Association of Periodontists.

Dr. Weber previously served the California Dental Association in a number of roles including president. Dr. Weber graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and practiced in a solo practice in Campbell, California, until 2018. He is currently on the faculty at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.

Other learning objectives include:

• Understanding how the CDT Code evolves to support reporting in-office and distant diagnostic imaging and the available technologies.
• Recognizing when diagnostic images must be included with a claim as an aid to adjudication and when optional image inclusion would be helpful.
• Becoming familiar with the many ADA diagnostic imaging reference and guidance resources available to members in print and online.