Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Review the selection criteria and the indications for panoramic imaging.
  • Compare and contrast panoramic and intraoral imaging.
  • Outline the advantages and limitations of panoramic radiography.
  • Compare and contrast digital panoramic imaging to film-based panoramic radiography.
  • Describe the concepts involved in panoramic image formation.
  • Outline the procedures required for correct machine and patient preparation, patient positioning and panoramic unit operation.
  • Become familiar with anatomic structures that are recorded on panoramic images.
  • Identify and propose corrective action for common panoramic image errors.
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and correct common errors via a self-assessment exercise.