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Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Kitrina Cordell, DDS, MS
Interim Head, Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Associate Professor

LSUHSC School of Dentistry
Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Box 144
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-941-8449
Email: kcorde@lsuhsc.edu

The Department of Diagnostic Sciences is composed of faculty members in the fields of oral pathology, oral radiology, and comprehensive dentistry focused on oral diagnosis. The department serves the people and dental profession of the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas by providing teaching, scholarly activity, and patient care through the diagnosis and management of disorders and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. Students learn to develop treatment plans and alternatives based on a patient's health and needs.

Faculty members are devoted to teaching the proper management of a wide spectrum of patients, including medically-compromised and aging patients. Educational objectives include developing skills in obtaining and evaluating medical and dental history, performing a thorough head-and-neck and oral examination, and creating a differential diagnosis of oral lesions and craniofacial pain.

Faculty members in oral and maxillofacial radiology instruct students and residents in selecting, exposing, and interpreting intraoral and extraoral x-ray images. They also provide training and certification in digital and conventional radiology to dental assistants. The instructors serve other departments and the public by providing conebeam CT scans, extraoral and intraoral images, continuing education courses, and consultation services.

The faculty members in oral and maxillofacial pathology promote the highest standards in education, research, and practice of the specialty. The specialty, uniquely situated in the curriculum between the basic and clinical sciences, provides didactic and clinical instruction to dental students, dental hygiene students, and residents. The Oral Pathology Biopsy Service offers support to the dental school clinics, dental profession, and public by processing and interpreting over 2,400 oral biopsies each year.

As a component of the Infectious Disease Clinic of the Interim LSU Public Hospital, the multidisciplinary HIV Outpatient Program (HOP) Dental Clinic is committed to providing early intervention and comprehensive health and dental care to people living with HIV and AIDS. The HOP Clinic is part of the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center, a part of a nationwide network providing HIV/AIDS training to all health care providers.

All faculty members participate in clinical consultations throughout the school and provide patient care in the LSU Faculty Dental Practice. They also teach in continuing education courses and offer consultations to providers in other disciplines within the LSU Health system.

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