A three-day workshop showing dentists how to preview and identify head and neck anatomy before and during surgery will take place Sept. 8-10 at the California Dental Association's Art and Science of Dentistry session in San Francisco.
Attendees will receive hands-on training in cone beam computed tomography, allowing a layer-by-layer view of a patient’s head and neck anatomy, including neurovascular pathways, paranasal sinuses and temporomandibular joint.
"Understanding anatomy is the basis for identifying abnormalities and assessing patient health," Homayon Asadi, co-leader of the workshop, said. "This course will strengthen clinical skills utilizing CBCT to evaluate the anatomy of a live patient."
Asadi, who maintains a practice in San Jose, is an associate professor and course director of advanced head and neck anatomy at the University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Co-presenter David Hatcher earned a dental degree in maxillofacial anatomy and pathosis from the University of Washington, as well as a speciality degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology and a Master of Science from the University of Toronto.
"We predict that computer-aided anatomic dissection will be here to stay and may roll over into clinical practice," Asadi said.
According to Asadi, attendees should leave this workshop able to correlate anatomic structures during dissection with their respective images utilizing CBCT imaging.