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Date(s) - March 8, 2022
5:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento, CA 95815

Event Details

Diagnostic Imaging and Diagnosis of the Upper Airway Anomalies (In-person course)

3 CEU, Core • $75 Member Price

5:45-6:45pm – Registration & Vendors
6:45-7:15pm – Announcements & Dinner
7:30-9:00pm – Program • 3 CE units, Core

This presentation will discuss the use of imaging to identify selected anatomic factors associated with sleep disordered breathing.

Small airway dimensions may be a risk factor for sleep related breathing disorders and upper airway resistance. The airway dimensions can be influenced by many factors including age, gender, jaw growth, TMJ anomalies, peri-pharyngeal fat deposits, tongue size and airway masses. The use of CBCT, spatially accurate 3d imaging, creates the opportunity to assess the airway dimensions and to identify factors that have contributed to the diminution of airway size. A stratified diagnostic process and identification of the etiology of a small airway creates the opportunity to employ a therapy that targets the etiology.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to identify normal sinonasal anatomy
  • Be able to differentiate normal from small airway dimensions
  • Develop an image interpretation strategy for identifying factors contributing to a reduction in airway dimensions
  • Develop a differential diagnosis for airway obstructions
  • Develop a decision tree for the differential diagnosis

David C. Hatcher, DDS, MSc, MRCD©; Diagnostic Digital Imaging:

Dr. Hatcher received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Washington. Subsequently he completed two years active duty in the U.S. Public Health Service and a one-year general practice residency program at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Hatcher entered the graduate program in radiology at the University of Toronto and was granted a specialty degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 1982 and a M.Sc. in 1983. His thesis topic dealt with radiology of temporomandibular disorders. Presently Dr. Hatcher is in private practice in Sacramento, California and has faculty appointments as Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Davis, and University of the Pacific. Dr. Hatcher has published 150 articles/book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally.

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