Diagnostic Sciences

Procedures Offered

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (faculty provider)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (faculty provider)
  • Oral Medicine (faculty provider)
  • Exams, imaging and special testing for maxillofacial diseases
  • Oral cancer prevention and detection
  • Diagnosis and management of complex medical conditions that affect oral health
  • Inflammation and ulceration management
  • Cancer awareness promotion
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Fees and Costs

Treatment fees vary depending on the service performed.  

Oral Medicine Clinic

The Oral Medicine Clinic provides clinical services for the diagnosis and when necessary, non-surgical management of:

  • Acute and chronic ulcerative conditions
  • Oral complications secondary to cancer treatment
  • Salivary gland disorders including dry mouth
  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Sensory disorders (e.g. burning mouth syndrome, facial pain)
  • Referring clinicians please call for more information

What is oral cancer?

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory

The Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory operates a biopsy service that focuses on the microscopic examination of specimens taken from the oral and maxillofacial region. These include:

  • Conventional histopathologic interpretation
  • Cytology (for microorganisms)
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Consultation on cases submitted from other laboratories
  • Referring clinicians can contact 304-293-9253 for more information including how to order biopsy kits

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Services

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Services includes both acquisition and interpretation of 2D and 3D dental imaging modalities. Comprehensive reports cover your area of interest including implant planning, endodontic indications, missed canals, root fracture, orthodontic evaluation, TMJ evaluation, airway analysis impactions, unerupted teeth evaluation, pathology and paranasal sinuses for CBCT volumes. 

  • CBCT exam and reports
  • CBCT interpretation/report only
    • Limited FOV CBCT, 6x6 centimeters or less
    • Medium FOV CBCT
    • Large FOV CBCT
    • CBCT comparison study
  • 2D imaging interpretation
    • Panoramic radiograph
    • cephalometric radiograph
    • all intraoral radiographs
  • Referring clinicians can contact 304-293-9253 for more information including how to request CBCT scans.
  • Referral forms are on our forms and policies page.
    Completed forms can be emailed to sodreferrals@hsc.wvu.edu.

Forensic Odontology Service

The Forensic Odontology Service involves assisting investigative agencies in the following:

  • Identification of recovered human remains
  • Age estimation for identification and legal issues
  • Consulting authorities please call for more information


  • A photo of Steven Whitaker.

    Steven B. Whitaker, DDS

    Faculty Provider
  • A photo of Jerry Bouquot.

    Jerry Bouquot, DDS, MSD

    Faculty Provider
  • A photo of Lakshmi Garladinne.

    Lakshmi Garladinne, BDS, MSD

    Faculty Provider

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