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Rom J Leg Med26(1)86-92(2018)
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Assessment of the Romanian forensic pathologists’ knowledge regarding the use of imaging exams in forensic dentistry

A. G. Benghiac, B. G. Ioan, M. Moscalu, C. L. Buhaş, R. Constantinescu, A. Moldovanu, C. Budacu, D. Haba

Abstract: This research aimed at assessing the knowledge of Romanian forensic pathologists (FPs) from two major institutions in Iasi and Oradea regarding the use of imaging exams in forensic dentistry.
Material and methods. Twenty-five forensic pathologists (10 Senior FPs, 12 FPs in training and 3 FP specialists) completed a questionnaire with 18 questions regarding demographics, specialty and years of training and practice, their work affiliation and specific questions about the use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and other imaging investigations commonly recommended in forensic dentistry, including items about the level of imaging training offered during residency and the medico-legal responsibility of reading imaging interpretation bulletins.
Results. 80% of the study participants identified the ortopantomography as being the most frequently used diagnostic tool in forensic dentistry and no one of the doctors opted for the CBCT.
Conclusions. Our research highlights the necessity of 3D imaging training for Romanian forensic pathologists, particularly regarding the use of CBCT and recommends the integration of CBCT devices within legal medicine institutions in our country.
Keywords: forensic pathology, forensic dentistry, CBCT, oral and maxillofacial radiology.

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