[Oradlist] Teaching Panoramic Technique

Koenig, Lisa lisa.koenig at marquette.edu
Thu Jul 14 07:38:55 PDT 2005

Carl, Here at Marquette we basically do the same as Sharon and we find
that after a couple of supervised Pans the students are quite capable of
performing them by themselves.  I would not be concerned about students
learning Pans on one type of machine because although the machines vary
the basic guiding principles are the same and all machines have
mechanisms available to make sure the patient is placed in the focal
trough etc.  SO typical errors in Panoramic imaging, head up chin down
etc, can happen on all machines, film or digital. The important thing is
that the students understand the concepts and that is very difficult to
teach if they haven't had any hands-on.  Lisa

Lisa J. Koenig BChD, DDS, MS
Program Director, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology 
Marquette University School of Dentistry, Rm: 366
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Tel: (414) 288-5675
Fax: (414) 288-6081

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Subject: Re: [Oradlist] Teaching Panoramic Technique

We used to do it your way, with having the pans taken by techs or 
trained dental assistants, but we changed this a few years ago. During 
the second year radiology rotation the students are given instruction 
on how to take pans, but they don't get much experience that year. 
During their D3 rotation, they take whatever radiographs are ordered 
for the patients in the clinic. If is a pan, they do it. The first few 
times they do it under direct supervision of a staff member, who stands 
there watching and guiding. After that, they can go ahead and take them 
by themselves, although we still require them to  be evaluated. A 
couple years ago we even instituted a panoramic radiography competency 
exam in which they have to take a diagnostically acceptable pan without 
any assistance of any kind from any one and also interpret it.

We also have the students process their own pans and reload the 
cassettes. We have tried to minimize problems with this by locking 
things up that they shouldn't be touching in the dark room, labeling 
the film drawer with big warning signs about not opening the drawer 
with the light on, trying to instill a culture of putting the top back 
on the box of film before putting it back in the drawer, etc. We 
occasionally run into problems but by and large the students treat the 
equipment well.

Sharon Brooks

On Jul 14, 2005, at 8:58 AM, Michael Shrout wrote:

> A request from Carl Canning:  Some of you may already have recieved
> this - Mike
> **********************************************
> Hello All,
> I am charged with teaching Radiology here at Dalhousie Dental School
> and for the most part enjoy it.
> One recent challenge has been implementing some method of teaching
> students panoramic technique.
> It has been pointed out by the Curriculum Committee that this is one
> area where our graduates feel ill prepared and that I should make an
> effort to begin to remedy this .
> I think pan technique has also been listed as a competency for
> dentists though I understand that may be in the process or have
> recently. I don't know whether that may be indicative of a change in
> thinking in this area or not.
> In the six or so years I have been on faculty (part time and full
> dental students have had really no hands on instruction with the pan
> machine(s). There is concern among clinic staff and faculty in regard 
> to
> multiple users of the one or two functional machines we have for 
> patient
> care as well as questions about the value of teaching students to use
> specific machine when they will most likely need to relearn on a
> different one in practice; not to mention the question of whether
> or another member of the office staff, will be doing the actual
> exposures in the practice setting.
> Currently all patient pans at the school are done by one of 4 or 5
> rotating DAs who have been trained by our one (part time) RT.
> Could you give me any ideas on how this teaching (preclinical or
> clinical) is approached in your institution and/or any suggestions or
> possible approaches for my situation?
> .
> Carl
> ps. I'd be happy to provide a summary of responses to anyone who would
> be interested.
> Dr. Carl Canning
> Acting Head, Division of Radiology
> Dalhousie University School of Dentistry
> Halifax, NS
> carl.canning at dal.ca
> Mike
> _______________________________
> Michael K. Shrout D.M.D.
>   Professor of Oral Diagnosis
>   School of Dentistry
>   Professor of Oral Biology
>   School of Graduate Studies
>   Medical College of Georgia
>   Augusta, Georgia 30912-1241
> Executive Director
> American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
>   P.O. Box 1010
>   Evans, Georgia 30809-1010
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Sharon L. Brooks, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Department of Oral Medicine/Pathology/Oncology
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078 USA
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