Oral and maxillofacial radiology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the prescription, production, and interpretation of diagnostic images for the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the craniofacial complex.


The NDSE in oral and maxillofacial radiology tests knowledge and clinical competence in oral and maxillofacial radiology at the specialty level in Canada.


Canadian oral and maxillofacial radiologists are required to have broad knowledge and skills in five domains. The blueprint below presents the domains and the approximate percentage of the examination covered by each domain. 

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Blueprint - Part 1

% of
Radiation Sciences 12.5
Imaging Techniques 12.5
Head and Neck Anatomy 12.5
General Head and Neck Pathology 12.5

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Blueprint - Part 2 Approximate
% of
Interpretation of diagnostic imaging of the maxillofacial region 50
Total 100%


The examination will consist of two three-hour parts. Part 1 will consist of short answer and essay type questions, and Part 2 will consist of sets of patient diagnostic images for the candidate to interpret.