Postgrado Avanzado en Radiología Oral y Maxilofacial
To provide students with the main management concepts and tools they need, so that they can be able these aspects in their own dental clinics or professional workplace.
Students will receive a diploma attesting to their knowledge in this field.
The course professors are experts in each of their different areas, and they take a practical approach that adapts to the curricular profile of the students.
The fundamental objective of the study plan for the Postgraduate Degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya is to train professionals who are capable of applying the scientific knowledge and technical skills acquired to provide oral and maxillofacial radiology in an ethical, efficient and safe manner.
To meet this fundamental objective, the study plan we propose covers the following:
- An understanding of the principles, means and protection measures required when dealing with radiation, as well as how to handle different dental x-ray equipment.
- Providing students with the ability to design, analyse, execute and interpret radiological images in Dentistry. Knowing how to employ different radiographic techniques. Knowledge of how to use highly specialised software to diagnose the oral and maxillofacial region through imaging.
- The ability to develop knowledge and skills related to the methodological aspects of oral and maxillofacial radiology, with special emphasis on teaching and research possibilities.
- To show the ability to share scientific knowledge, according to the accepted criteria of presentation, writing and publication in the scientific community.
- Management abilities, so that dental specialists have the necessary skills to manage his or her own diagnostic centre.
In order to properly build the specific skills required for this degree, we have established a correlation between each skill and the objectives set, to ensure that they have been covered satisfactorily.
The skills required for the fields of activity covered by specialists in oral and maxillofacial radiology include:
From prior considerations to examining scans:
Professionals should act with the standard criteria of protecting patients according to the international guidelines on reducing radiation exposure to reasonable minimums in order to obtain diagnostic benefit (the ALARA principle).
Oral and maxillofacial radiologists must consider the cost-benefit ratio with regard to the characteristics and number of exams required, as well as the most appropriate examinations for each particular case. The aim is to carry out activity with the minimum risk of exposure to ionizing radiation, while always acting with a view to resolving clinical concerns to a suitable level, offering the respective image scans as indicated for each patient.
Given constant advances in scientific and technological knowledge, the oral and maxillofacial radiologist needs a critical attitude and up-to-date information to adequately adopt new concepts that represent a step forward in this dentistry discipline and put them into practice, which is why continuous academic training is a natural characteristic.
In terms of the image scans themselves:
Radiologists must have the skills required to correctly interpret both conventional and highly complex image scans according to the characteristics of each dentist surgery. They act as a permanent advisor to general dentists, specialist dentists and sometimes dental surgeons, to offer a complete picture of all the information from clinical findings related to the oral and maxillofacial area.
In this way, oral and maxillofacial radiologists contribute to the stages involved in diagnosing, checking and determining treatment of oral and maxillofacial pathologies, while also generating information that complements clinical findings and allows dentists to decide on the prognosis of any pathologies present.
Radiologists should have the training required to carry out conventional and advanced radiographic examinations, as well as to critically and adequately advise on more complex examinations where required, with a view to using the technology available in the public and private network of image service providers in an efficient way.
Oral and maxillofacial radiologists are professionals with the highest level of authority to interpret the images obtained from these scans, both in relation to the pathologies that led to the scan being requested, and with the findings of the examinations, with a view to healing or preserving the level of oral health that the dental team provides as an integral service to its patients.
Their relation with the dental team:
In order to achieve their objectives professionals must work as part of a team, since oral and maxillofacial radiologists essentially provide advice and support to dental clinic activity or to any dental or medical speciality that requires its services.
Radiologists may also correlate image findings with the clinical and epidemiological situation of both individuals and the general population. In addition, given their knowledge of national health predictions at a dental level, they can work in both the public and private sectors.
Oral and maxillofacial radiologists have the capacity to guide or contribute to scientific research that is developed in relation to any particular task either directly related to the speciality or where it places a supporting role. Radiologists also have the capacity to publish their activities and train duly accredited assistants who can offer support work in this field.
At the same time, oral and maxillofacial radiologists have the skills required to give an informed opinion on matters of a legal nature, and expert opinions to the relevant authorities when deemed necessary.
In the various fields of action of the Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, competences include:
In relation to the previous considerations about image exams
To be undertaken by professionals whose standard criteria is to protect their patients according to the international regulation for the reduction of the radiation doses to a reasonable minimum in order to obtain diagnostic benefits (ALARA criteria).
In order for your professional work in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology to always consider the cost-benefit relationship between the characteristics and quantity of the exams that are necessary and most suitable for each particular case then thisneeds to be considered. The reason for this is so that your activities can be undertaken in the way that causes the least damage when using ionising radiation and also with a view to the most suitable level of resolution of clinical concerns for which each patient will have been informed about the respective image examinations that will be used.
Given the continuous progress on the scientific and technological progress in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology places a critical attitude and permanently updates information which allows them to suitably adopt the concepts which constitute a benefit to this discipline in dentistry in order to put them into practice, the reason why continuing academic education is its natural characteristic.
The image examinations themselves
Students must acquires the skills to correctly indicate conventional and highly complex imagine examinations according to the characteristics of each clinical profile, with one of them being a permanent advisor for general dentistry, specialist dentistry and, sometimes, also a medical surgeon, in order to suitably complement the information coming from clinical discoveries in the oral and maxillofacial fields.
In this way Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology contributes to the various stages involving the diagnosis, control and the treatment of local pathologies, while generating information which complements clinical discoveries and allows students to estimate the prognosis for existing pathologies.
Students must be trained to undertake conventional radiographic exams, as well as ensure that they are critically and correctly advised when undertaking the most complex exams, with the aim of always using the available technology efficiently on the private and public network of image provider services.
This professional has the most authority to interpret the images obtained from these exams both in terms of pathologies related to the motive that led to the exam request, and in terms of the discoveries made thereby, always based on the aim of returning to or preserving good oral health. The healthcare team will provide this as a comprehensive service to their patients.
In terms of their tasks in the healthcare team
In order to do this these professionals must be able to work in a team, whenever Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology activities are in essence an activity involving advice and are complementary to clinical activity, whatever the dental specialisation and eventually the medical specialisation is, that requires their services.
Likewise, the image discoveries can be correlated with the clinical and epidemiological realities of each individual in particular and of the entire population in general and, since he or she also knows the national systems of healthcare planning in the area of dentistry, can be undertaken both in the public and the private sector.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology has the ability to guide or contribute to the scientific research that is carried out in relation to the particular work of the specialisation or for which the specialisation provides support. It likewise has the potential to make the activities known and to equip suitably accredited assistants to undertake tasks to support the field of this specialisation.
At the same time, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology has the required competences to provide their opinions on legal or expert issues with back-up when the pertinent authorities consider it to be necessary.
In terms of responsibility
Further to all of the above, the specialist is responsible for the procedures and results of the work towards the specialisation they are responsible for administrating. At the same time they will be responsible for raising awareness among the corresponding administrative authorities about any eventual irregularities which they will become involved in during their work or which will be present in the clinical guidelines which regulate their activity in the public and private healthcare networks which offer image diagnosis services.
- 30 ECTS, Postgraduate Degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
In accordance with the general objectives of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, the Faculty of Dentistry aims to provide an educational service to society by providing teaching and scientific research tasks to offer professional training and scientific, cultural and human education to students, as well as developing activities that promote culture.
Constant changes in the global environment require continuous professional development as well as improved critical thinking skills. As a result, it is important to seek, expand and develop understanding in a given field of knowledge, in order to solve problems, generate new knowledge and achieve professional skills through instruments that allow specialists to play a part in the field of scientific research, in addition to training them in higher education methodologies and strategies so they can adequately transmit that knowledge.
The saturation of the labour market, as a result of the large number of graduates who will enter the market in the coming years, will mean that recent graduates need to look for alternatives other than traditional in-person specialist training.
The Degree in Dentistry qualifies prepares students to enter the dental profession, but in recent years a number of specialities have appeared within the profession, which, although not yet recognised and without a legal regulatory framework, are expected to be regulated in the near future.
In countries such as the United States, Chile and the United Kingdom, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is a recognised speciality. In order to practice in this field, students need a Degree in Dentistry and to complete an official programme that varies in duration between two and three years. As it stands, to our knowledge there are currently no postgraduate programmes in this field in Spain.
A decade ago, after disruptive innovations, difficult-to-access medical scanners were replaced in our field by cone beam computed tomography. This equipment allows us to obtain images from all over the region in our dental clinic, providing clinicians with an enormous amount of information that has changed the way we understand a number of pathologies.
Exposing patients to lower doses of radiation, combined with the practicality of carrying out examinations in the dental surgery, mean it essential to train the dentists in the maxillofacial radiology. Many practising professionals have not yet received training in how to interpret the scans they receive.
Having been accustomed to interpreting panoramic x-rays or orthopantomogramme, dentists face the issue that their examinations are not properly informed, and that they may not diagnose existing pathologies during examinations, with the consequent medico-legal risk.
Prospective student profile
Degree holders in:
- Medicine (with a specialisation in Stomatology)
Prerequisites & admissions
Application for admissions
If you are interested in studying this Clinical Residence, you must do the following:
Fill in the application form which you must request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Send by post or hand in the necessary documentation to the Faculty of Dentistry.
Personal interview: A personal interview will be held with the Postgraduate programme director and coordinator. Students will be assessed on academic merit, teamwork and professional experience.
Documentation required for registration
- Pre-registration sheet correctly filled in.
- Certified photocopy of the student’s corresponding degree certificate (with certification)*.
- 1 Academic certificate of the student’s qualifications (original or certified photocopies)*.
- 1 photocopy of the student’s National Identity Document (DNI) or Passport.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Letter(s) of recommendation.
Candidates who are in the last year of their degree programme should provide a list of qualifications to date before they register.
*For students from outside the European Union, qualifications such as their degree certificate must be certified diplomatically or must have the Hague Apostille attached to them. (Homologated/officially recognised qualification is not required).
Ms Cristina Junquera
Ms Paola Lago
Faculty of Dentistry
International Universitat de Catalunya
Edifici General Hospital
C / Josep Trueta, s / n
08195 Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)
Grants & financial aid
Members of UIC Alumni are entitled to a 5% discount.