Department of Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Diagnostic Sciences has three divisions: Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology, all with their own director and teaching programs.

Oral Diagnosis combines teaching with patient screening, evaluation, and treatment planning for the College, as well as a limited care treatment clinic.

Oral Pathology is responsible for all teaching of general and oral pathology to first professional dental, dental hygiene, and graduate students. They provide consultation and biopsy services to the College and the professional community. The College offers a residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Oral Radiology is responsible for all imaging service throughout the College. Additionally, imaging services are provided to patients referred by extramural dental providers through the Imaging Center. The College also offers a residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

OMFP 5113 Current Issues in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Credits 0 to 10. 0 to 10 Lecture Hours.

Seminar discussion of current and past literature in oral and maxillofacial pathology.

OMFP 5303 General Pathology

Credits 0. 0 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to the basic principles of pathology as applied to the entire body, followed by a comprehensive review of diseases of the various specific organ systems, including the pathology of infectious diseases.

OMFP 5V00 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Seminar

Credits 0 to 10. 0 to 10 Lecture Hours.

Seminar format on surgical anatomic pathology. The student interacts daily with faculty, utilizing multiheaded teaching microscopes, to discuss all pathology cases accessioned daily. These are supplemented with more diagnostically challenging cases. All aspects of the diseases and conditions are discussed as well as current and historical literature.

OMFP 5V01 Anatomic Pathology and Autopsy - Baylor University Medical Center

Credits 0 to 10. 0 to 10 Other Hours.

Baylor University Medical Center rotation in Department of Pathology. Anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, autopsy service, cytology, selected electives.

OMFP 5V05 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Service

Credits 0. 0 Lab Hours. 0 Other Hours.

Independent study in surgical anatomic oral and maxillofacial pathology. Gross tissue preparation, microscopic analysis of routine surgical head and neck biopsies, special study sets and microscopic description.

OMFP 5V13 Current Issues in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Seminar discussion of current and past literature in oral and maxillofacial pathology.

OMFP 5V21 Advanced Oral Pathology

Credits 0 to 10. 0 to 10 Other Hours.

Disease of the head and neck; developmental malformations, oral signs of systemic diseases, salivary gland disorders; neoplasms of odontogenic and nonodontogenic origin. Three semester hours credit plus 1 additional hour for optional laboratory.

OMFP 5V22 Advanced Oral Pathology Laboratory

Credits 0 to 10. 0 to 10 Lab Hours.

Advances Oral Pathology Laboratory. Elective laboratory that complements OMFP 5V21. It is designed for post-graduate students that might need to view and interpret biopsy results. Histologic correlation for the clinical pathologic lesions discussed in OMFP 5V21 is presented. Students learn basic interpretation skills of histopathologic sections as viewed under the microscope.

OMFR 5010 Radiation Physics and Biology for Radiology Residents

Credits 0. 0 Lecture Hours.

Non-credit. This course will provide instruction in radiation physics, advanced imaging technology, radiobiology, and radiation safety. The student/resident will develop the skills necessary to understand the scientific basis of imaging systems and successfully challenge the certification examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5020 Case Conference

Credits 0. 0 Other Hours.

Non-credit. Case presentations of complicated clinical cases encountered while on clinical radiology services which require advanced skills by students/residents and graduate faculty in a prescribed format. Participants will review the literature, present selected imaging studies, and discuss salient points relative to the diagnosis and management of specific diagnostic entities. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5200 Advanced Radiology Interpretation in Oral and Maxillofactial Radiology

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Advanced Radiology Interpretation in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Advance interpretation of oral and maxillofacial radiology imaging studies. Topics include recognition of normal anatomy and its variants, diseases, conditions, abnormalities as they appear on imaging studies of different modalities. Skills in differential diagnosis based on interpretive findings will be developed along with assessing the clinical significant of findings.

OMFR 5210 Advanced Imaging Technology in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Credits 1 to 2. 1 to 2 Lab Hours.

Creditn 1 to 2. Topics include acquisition techniques using ionizing radiation, nonionizing radiation, and other imaging modalities. Specific discussions will include plain radiography image projects, panoramic radiology, cone beam computed tomography, multi-detector computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine/molecular imaging, and ultrasonography, as well as imaging displays. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5250 Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

This course is intended to provide the student with an advanced review of medico-legal aspects of radiology, advanced interpretation principles, comparison and selection of digital imaging systems, advanced imaging techniques, and radiation risk. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5300 Clinical Teaching

Credits 0. 0 Other Hours.

Non-credit. Students/residents give clinical instruction in contact with second-, third- and fourth-year dental students. Four hours per week per semester of clinical instruction, including technical/acquisition, interpretation of imaging studies, and clinical significance of findings. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5V01 Literature Review Journal Club

Credits 0.5-1. 0.5-1 Other Hours.

Detailed review of significant literature on all subjects related to oral and maxillofacial radiology. Critical evaluation of the scientific literature will be stressed. Students are assigned recent or classical articles from selected journals for critical review for scientific merit and relevance. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5V06 Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Service

Credits 2 to 6. 2 to 6 Other Hours.

This course will prepare the student/resident for the clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial radiology. The student/resident will develop the skills necessary to order, acquired, and interpret diagnostic imaging studies. This will include the formulation and dictation of interpretation reports and interactions with other health care professionals and patients. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

OMFR 5V20 Medical Clinical Radiology Service

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

This clinical course will familiarize the student/resident with the imaging modalities used in contemporary medical radiology and their application to diseases of the head and neck. The course includes specialty level modality selection, study acquisition, and interpretation. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Benson, Byron, Regents Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, The University of Iowa, 1975

Budinskaya, Oksana, Clinical Associate Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, Omsk State Medical Institute Russia, 1990

Cheng, Yi-Shing, Associate Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
PHD, Baylor University, 1999

Flint, Diane, Associate Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1986

Hennessy, Bernard, Clinical Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, University of Illinois Urbana, 1986

Kessler, Harvey, Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
MS, George Washington University, 1979

Kofford, Kelly, Clinical Associate Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, DDS, Creighton Univ 1978, 1978

Liang, Hui, Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

Murchison, David, Adjunct Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1980

Naidu, Aparna, Clinical Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
MS, Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center, 2006

Pugalagiri, Pavithra, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, 2006

Wright, John, Regents Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
DDS, West Virginia University, 1973