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International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research. 2018, 6(4), 100-104
DOI: 10.12691/ijdsr-6-4-5
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Radiographic Interpretation Skills of Clinical Dental Undergraduates Studying in Karachi, Pakistan

Asaad Javaid Mirza1, , Mohsin Nazir2, Zahid Akhter3, Maaz Asad Javaid2 and Mohammad Khalid Shafiq1

1Department of Operative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Baqai Medical University, Pakistan

2Department of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, Baqai Medical University, Pakistan

3Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Baqai Medical University, Pakistan

Pub. Date: June 09, 2018

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Asaad Javaid Mirza, Mohsin Nazir, Zahid Akhter, Maaz Asad Javaid and Mohammad Khalid Shafiq. Radiographic Interpretation Skills of Clinical Dental Undergraduates Studying in Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research. 2018; 6(4):100-104. doi: 10.12691/ijdsr-6-4-5


Radiographs facilitate dentists to envision diseases of the teeth and neighboring tissues that cannot be visualize through a clinical oral examination. A competent authority, in Pakistan for approving and monitoring dental curricula – Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has set 5 hours for didactic and clinical teaching of oral radiology to undergraduate dental students. This study has been planned to confirm whether the undergraduate students acquire the obligatory knowledge and interpretation competency or not within the stipulated time for oral radiology teaching. Material and Methods: A pretested power point presentation was shown to the clinical undergraduates present on the day of the evaluation. Among the twelve slides presented, seven slides contained radiographs showing basic pathological lesions like caries, bone loss, periodontal pocket, apical radiolucency and amalgam restoration opacity & five slides showed radiographs with anatomical structures; enamel, lamina dura, PDL, mental foramen and inferior alveolar nerve. The responders were asked to answer with anonymity on provided response sheets. Results: A total of N=97 students took part in the study; n=43 were from third year of Bachelors of Dentistry tenure and n=54 were from the final year. Apical radiolucencies, PDL spaces, and mental foramina were the toughest to identify for most of the participants involved whereas it was considerably too easy for both groups to radiographically report caries, missing teeth, and amalgam restorations. Conclusion: Despite very easy interpretation skill assessment, none of the student could score 100% marks revealing some weakness in radiology teaching which could be attributed to lesser number of teaching hours allocated for oral radiology.

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