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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bart Paul Vandenberghe, DDS, MS, PhD (c)(University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery)
Description: This elaborate and practical teaching manual for future dental professionals covers the subjects essential for developing adequate radiographic and diagnostic skills, through reader-friendly and up-to-date chapters. Previous editions were published in 2002, 1996, and 1992.
Purpose: The main objective is to provide a practical teaching manual rather than a comprehensive reference for dental students. This is nicely accomplished with this practical walk through the essentials for future radiographers. The manual is well structured, up to date, and contains high quality illustrations and diagrams.
Audience: Dental students are the audience.
Features: This is an accurate and well structured overview of current principles in oral radiology. It is comprehensive, covering theoretical and clinical topics in reader-friendly chapters with excellent illustrations and diagrams. It provides all basic knowledge for future radiographers, including an adequate and essential overview of common oral lesions. Experienced practitioners, however, may want to consult more comprehensive books for a more in-depth overview of oral lesions and differential diagnoses.
Assessment: This book is an ideal teaching manual for developing basic radiographic and diagnostic skills. The fourth edition has been revised with extra focus on digital imaging and new diagnostic approaches. All diagrams have been redrawn, new color plates have been added, and the content has accurately been updated. The book remains a strong guide to easy understanding of this rapidly evolving field; however, for more detailed descriptions of certain oral lesions and differential diagnoses, it may be necessary to consult more comprehensive references.