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Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Kitrina Cordell, DDS, MS
Head, Department of Diagnostic Sciences

LSUHSC School of Dentistry
Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Box 144
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone:  504-941-8257
Email:  kcorde@lsuhsc.edu

The Department of Diagnostic Sciences serves the people and dental profession of the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas by providing education, scholarly activity, and patient care in the areas of Oral Diagnosis, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, and Infectious Diseases. Faculty members provide educational content to dental laboratory technology students, dental hygiene students, dental students, and postgraduate residents in all specialty programs.

Oral Diagnosis faculty members provide education in didactic and clinical settings related to proper infection control techniques, obtaining and evaluating patient medical and dental history, comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination, and development of appropriate treatment plans. Dental management of medically-compromised patients and the aging population are covered in several courses. Faculty members conduct initial examinations for prospective patients of the school's undergraduate clinic and several faculty members provide general dentistry services to patients in the Faculty Dental Practice (FDP). Some faculty members provide forensic odontology services aiding law enforcement in the identification of human remains.

Members of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology faculty educate students and residents on the fundamentals of radiology, such as the benefits and risks of dental X-rays and comprehensive radiographic interpretation. Additionally, instruction is provided on advanced imaging techniques, including conebeam CT imaging which offers dentists three-dimensional views of the oral and maxillofacial region that often are critical for proper diagnosis and treatment of patients. Radiology faculty members participate in the FDP providing advanced imaging and radiographic interpretation services to private practitioners and their patients on a referral or consultative basis.

Faculty members in Orofacial Pain provide didactic and clinical education in temporomandibular disorders (TMD), neuropathic pain conditions, neurovascular conditions, and sleep disorder breathing issues. They provide expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning of new patients for the undergraduate student clinics. They also provide orofacial pain consultations to the many clinics throughout the School of Dentistry. Patients with orofacial pain concerns are also treated and managed in the FDP.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology faculty members provide a comprehensive curriculum covering all aspects of diseases that can affect the oral and maxillofacial regions including clinical presentation, histopathologic features, treatment and prognosis. Students are educated in proper lesion evaluation techniques and development of differential diagnoses. The faculty members provide clinical consultations throughout the school as well as to outside dental professionals and patients through their participation in the FDP. Additionally, through their work on the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service, faculty members diagnose over 2800 biopsy specimens each year, including providing consultation services to external pathology laboratories.

Faculty members of the Infectious Disease (ID) Dental Clinic are committed to providing comprehensive oral health care to people living with HIV and AIDS. The clinic is a component of the multidisciplinary Infectious Disease Services available to patients at the University Medical Center, New Orleans.

Continuing education courses are offered in all fields the department encompasses. Presentations are provided by faculty members through LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education as well as in collaboration with other external CE providers.

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