Craniofacial Imaging Center

Dr. J. Martin Palomo, Director

Dr. J. Martin Palomo is the Director of the Orthodontic Residency and the Director of the Craniofacial Imaging Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  His contributions in craniofacial imaging and informatics have been recognized through research awards in both medical and dental fields.  Dr. Palomo is a director of the International Association of Dental Research Craniofacial Biology group, member of ADA and AAO technology committees, and is currently the chair of the AAO Committee on Technology.  He is a board certified orthodontist, and an active member of both the Orthodontics and the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Associations.

Contact Info:

J. Martin Palomo DDS, MSD
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Professor and Director of Orthodontic Residency
Craniofacial Imaging Center - Director

CWRU School of Dental Medicine
2124 Cornell Rd.
Cleveland – OH 44106
Phone: 216.368.2449
Fax: 216.368.0145

The Craniofacial Imaging Center (CIC) specializes in three-dimensional imaging of the head and neck using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology and provides support for research, as well as clinical activities, inside and outside Case Western Reserve University. Three-dimensional images provide a more accurate representation of our patients, since patients are three-dimensional entities. A more accurate representation results in a more accurate diagnosis, and potentially a more effective treatment.

One of the purposes on the Craniofacial Imaging Center is to provide access to this technology, offer educational services through CE courses, as well as provide clinical service by imaging patients referred by outside practitioners. A number of different medical and dental specialties have been using the Imaging Center, including anesthesiologists, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, family dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, periodontists, plastic surgeons, and prosthodontists.

How to Send a Patient

Just give us a call at 216.368.2674 to find out about how we can help you with your patient. If you prefer, you can have your patient call us to schedule an appointment. The taking of a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) image takes less than 10 seconds, so usually your patient is with us for less than 5 minutes. Our images are compatible with all implant placement software and any DICOM reader.

Diagnostic Radiology Reports - Dr. Ali Zakir Syed

Dr. Syed is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine and provides radiographic readings and interpretations for 2D and 3D (CBCT) imaging. In addition to providing reports to the school, his services are available for the community at large. To request a radiology report, please use this form.

Dr. Syed earned his dental degree from A.E.C.S Maaruthi Dental college and Research Centre, Bangalore University, India and taught general dentistry to medical students for a brief stint at C.M.S Teaching Hospital in Bharatpur, Nepal. His other major educational qualifications include a master’s degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, and completion of an advanced fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, NJ. In addition to the fellowship, Dr. Syed also completed advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, earning both a certificate and master's degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

You can reach Dr. Syed through email at or by phone at 216.368.6802.

Contact Information and Directions

We are located at:
Case Western Reserve University
School of Dental Medicine
2124 Cornell Road
3rd Floor, Room 3100
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.368.2674
Fax: 216.368.0145

The School of Dental Medicine is on the corner of Emergency Drive and Cornell Road and has a parking garage on the ground floor, with an entrance off of Circle Drive. A map of the building is available, as is more detailed directions and parking information.