An oral radiologist is a type of dentist who specializes in the diagnosis of various diseases that appear in the oral cavity the neck and the head using various types of radiology imaging technologies. Oral radiologists who are sometimes called “maxillofacial radiologists” are not medical doctors but rather they are specialized dentists. Oral radiologists work in conjunction with dentists and medical doctors to diagnose and determine the best possible treatments for tumors lesions and other ailments that occur near the face or in the mouth. According to the American Dental Association (“ADA”) there are nine different types of dentist specialty areas and oral radiology is one of them. To become an oral radiologist according to Wikipedia.org the first step is to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree. Next a dental degree must be earned. To specialize in an area such as oral radiology two to four years of training much be completed and a certification exam must be passed. The additional years of training allow the oral radiologist to become an expert at using and interpreting the results produced by many types of radiology equipment such as MRIs PETs Ultrasounds CT scans and more. After radiological images are produced oral radiologists interpret the results and come to conclusions as to the proper diagnosis and treatment for the patient. Oral radiologists work closely with dental and medical professionals to discuss image interpretations and often discuss findings directly with patients. The salary range for this profession according to www.salaryexpert.com is between $101460 and $193311 per year.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Uses imaging technology to diagnoses diseases.
Diagnoses conditions in the head, mouth and neck.
Interprets radiology images.
Develops a treatment plan in conjunction with other medical professionals.
|Also Called:||Oral Maxillofacial Radiologist