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Responsibilities, Principles and Benefits of Dental CBCT Course

  • £35300


The Department of Health has recently published new guidelines for dentists who refer for and report on CBCT scans. The CQC and GDC both make it clear that dentists need to follow all relevant national guidelines. If you refer patients for and/or report on CBCT scans you must undertake this new core training program.

The new guidelines have been released by Public Health England (formerly the HPA), which is an executive agency of the Department of Health. The Guidelines require any dentist who refers for and/or reports on CBCT scans to undertake a Core Training Curriculum in CBCT Radiography, in addition to the general Radiation Protection training required of all dentists by the GDC.

This course provides the full curriculum detailed in the guidelines.

**Practitioners who operate a CBCT machine (Imaging Operators) will need to take the Core Training Curriculum in CBCT Radiography in additon to further training on the safe operation of the specific machine being used. This further training is usually provided by the CBCT machine manufacturer or distributor.

  • Medico-legal issues relevant to CBCT
  • Local Rules and Working Procedures specific to CBCT
  • Routine inspection and testing of equipment
  • How changing machine settings affects CBCT image quality and x-ray quantity
  • Other image parameters that may influence patient dose
  • Relationship of image quality to patient dose
  • Principles of CBCT image production
  • Imaging detectors for CBCT
  • Care of image receptors
  • CBCT image faults and QA
  • Data storage data protection
  • Information exchange
  • Importance of image quality
  • Optimisation of viewing conditions
  • Use and limitation of CBCT as a diagnostic aid
  • Viewing, manipulation and diagnostic pitfalls in 3D imaging
  • MPR reconstruction and applications
  • Principles of radiological differential diagnosis
  • Reporting on cross-sectional images - methods and conventions
  • Restricting of the Field of View (FOV)
  • Radiological anatomy of the CBCT image
  • An update on pathology that may be seen
  • Radiological interpretation of pathology
  • Biological effects of radiation at doses relevant to CBCT
  • Risks/benefits of radiation at doses relevant to CBCT
  • Dosimetry -absorbed, equivalent and effective dose, and their units
  • Factors affecting CBCT radiation dose
  • CBCT image quality versus radiation dose
  • Dose optimisation for CBCT examinations
  • Comparative doses for CBCT and other dental examinations
  • Patient, personal and staff radiation protection
  • Pregnancy and potential pregnancy
  • Medical research and health screening
  • Infants and children
  • Exposure justification and selection criteria
  • Patient identification and consent
  • Use of existing radiological information
  • Alternative techniques
  • Critical evaluation of outcome and duties in reporting of CBCT images

Legislation states that practitioners who operate CBCT (Imaging Operators) must, in addition to the above curriculum, receive practical instruction on the safe operation of the specific CBCT machine and software used. Owner operator of Carestream machines will be covered by this course. If you are the owner of any other brand education must be provided by that specific manufacturer or distributor.

Aims and Objectives

To understand our individual roles and responsibilities when working with CBCT.
To recognise the guidelines for safe use of CBCT according to the BSDMFR Curriculum.
To become competent with CBCT Imaging Software through demonstration and hands on activities.

  • Responsibilities, Principles and Benefits of CBCT.
  • Case Study Presentations.
  • An Introduction to 3D Diagnosis and Planning Software.
  • Workshop: Image Acquisition / 3D Planning Software.
  • Workshop: 3D Planning Software / Image Acquisition.
  • Guided implant surgery overview.
  • Guided implant software overview.

Full day with 8 Hours Verifiable CPD.