In the United States dentists require an additional 2-4 years of training after completing their DDS/DMD degree to become an Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist. The American Dental Association (ADA) accredited programs are a minimum of two years in length. Training involves learning about radiation biology, radiation physics, radiation safety, radiologic technique, and the interpretation of diseases using diagnostic radiation imaging. Training includes using all hospital imaging devices. Following successful training and completion of the program the prospective Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist must pass the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology examination.
Endodontist is a dentistry specialty that is concerned with the performance and interpretation of diagnostic imaging used for examining the craniofacial dental and adjacent structures. Many Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologists work at a university teaching while doing research. Some may work in a hospital helping diagnose diseases. Some may work in the private sector developing new radiologic techniques. This field of dentistry seeks to improve and create new forms of radiologic techniques to help improve diagnostics of Oral diseases and abnormalities.
Much of this information was adapted from The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.