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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin M. Hathorn, DDS, MS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the successor to the previous edition published in 1994, edited by Goaz (deceased) and White. It is a general survey of the field of oral radiology, including principles, radiation physics, and interpretation of radiographs.
Purpose: This book is intended primarily as a general text designed to provide a core body of knowledge including new imaging techniques and fundamentals of normal and pathologic interpretation.
Audience: It is principally designed for the instruction of dental students. The editors and contributors are recognized leaders in the field of radiology.
Features: Compared to the previous edition, this book has a larger format, which has improved the readability of the radiographs. The radiographs have been revised greatly, especially in the chapters devoted to cysts and tumors, with the placement of plain films alongside advanced imaging studies of the same lesion, which illustrates the 3-D nature of lesions versus the 2-D images from plain films. In a new chapter, the evaluation and treatment planning for dental implants is covered. Roughly 250 pages are devoted to basics of radiation physics, imaging techniques (intra-and extra-oral), and interpretation of normal and anatomical features. In the remaining 370 pages interpretation of pathology (including caries), periodontal disease, infection, cysts, tumors, and congenital syndromes are covered. Evaluation of TMJ, sinuses, and salivary glands are also discussed.
Assessment: This text is an excellent introduction to oral radiology. Experienced practitioners may find substantial sections too basic. The revisions are extensive, especially concerning advances in radiographic techniques.