Govt. Dental College

 Calicut Medical College PO, Kerala, India - 673008.

Dept. of Oral Medicine & Radiology

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Oral Medicine is the branch of dentistry, which fosters a scientific understanding between the fields of Dentistry and Medicine. Not only does it concentrates on diagnosis of oral diseases and their treatment, but also has opened new avenues for research.

The Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology started functioning as an independent department of Government Dental College, Calicut in 1982. The department became fully fledged by the year 2005 with the sanctioning of the Post Graduate course. Annual admission of postgraduate students in the Department is limited to two per year.

In the Department, we have four teaching faculty supported by a Dental hygienist, three Radiographers and a Full time sweeper.

The Oral Medicine and Radiology department consisting of three clinics:
• Outpatient clinic / Undergraduate clinic
An average OP turnover is 150-200 patients. All necessary Covid precautions and protocols are being followed in the clinic. This clinic is managed by Interns and Postgraduates under the guidance of teaching staff. This also functions as the undergraduate clinic. From here the patient are screened, diagnosed and referred to the concerned departments for further treatment. Patients requiring detailed examination and biopsies are dealt within the Postgraduate clinic.
• Postgraduate clinic
- Oral mucosal lesions, cysts and tumors, carcinomas medically compromised patients for dental fitness are referred to the Oral Medicine Postgraduate clinic for further detailed examination, investigation and management.
- Department also deals with age estimation by radiographic assessment.
- We maintain a record of cases reporting to the Postgraduate clinic so that each case can be promptly followed up.
- There is a soft tissue diode laser in the clinic for the management of various oral mucosal lesions.
- Govt. Dental College, Kozhikode has acquired an ultrasound machine with colour Doppler in the Dept. of Oral Medicine and Radiology. 
• The Radiology clinic
On the ground floor is the Radiology clinic with a reception. There are two Intra oral periapical X-ray machines, one Elipsopantomographic machine, an intraoral digital radiography and one general X-ray unit in the department. Department of OMR has recently acquired a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) machine for Imaging of Maxillofacial region in the various planes (axial/coronal and sagittal) i.e. multi-planar imaging with 3-D reconstruction. Additionally imaging (CT scan) of Maxillofacial region using this equipment is done with less radiation exposure (only one tenth (1/10) of the exposure) compared to conventional CT scan. These are managed by the radiographers and postgraduates under the supervision of the teaching staff. The radiology clinic is so designed to hold good the norms of ICRP regulations. An average of 100 periapical X-rays and 20 extra oral radiographs are taken per day. 

• Management of TMD using Therapeutic ultrasound machine
• Medical management of Salivary gland Pathologies
• Medical management of oral mucosal lesions
• Minor surgical procedures and Chemoprevention of oral potentially malignant disorders
• Medical management of TMJ Pathologies
• Laser ablation and LLLT for treatment of Oral mucosal lesions

• IOPA Radiographs, bitewing and occlusal Radiographs
• Intra oral digital radiographs
• Panoramic, cephalometric and other specialized Extra oral radiographs
• Age estimation by radiographic assessment
• Ultrasonographic examination of indicated oral and maxillofacial pathologies.
• Three dimensional digital information for improved diagnosis using CBCT machine 

CBCT machine & USG machine was inaugurated by Hon’ble Health& Social welfare minister Smt. K. K. Shylaja on 23/02/2019

Hospital Based Cancer Registry:

  • National Cancer Registry Programme under Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research- (NCDIR)
  • Government Dental College recognized as Participating Centre (Code No: 343)
    • Professor & Head of Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Dr. Valsa Thomas was authorized by the H&FWD, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for GDC. Kozhikode with NCDlR, Bengaluru, for setting-up Cancer Registry in GDC. Kozhikode.
    • Assumed charge as Centre Principal Investigator (C-Pl) from 16 October 2018- continuing.
  1. Dr. P. Udaya Kumaran Thambi 1982-1984
  2. Dr. Sambath Kumar 1984-1987
  3. Dr. K T Sreelatha 1987-1988
  4. Dr. P. Udaya Kumaran Thambi 1988-1990
  5. Dr. M K Mangalam 1992
  6. Dr. K T Sreelatha 1993-1996
  7. Dr. M K Mangalam 1996-2006
  8. Dr. Valsa Thomas 2006-2010
  9. Dr. Anita Balan 2010-2015
  10. Dr. Tinky Bose 2016-2017
  11. Dr. Valsa Thomas 2017- 2022 

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