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Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in General Dental Practice

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Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) can be a useful adjunct to conventional plain film radiography, but its use must be carefully justified as the radiation dose is generally higher. Factors affecting the dose include the field of view (FOV) size, the exposure factors, the angle of rotation and voxel size. Once justified, the exposure should be fully optimised to ensure the dose to the patient is kept as low as possible while ensuring there is no reduction in the diagnostic yield. The European Commission (EC) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP)(UK) have published selection criteria on the use of CBCT in dentistry. This article provides an overview of CBCT and summarises the latest guidance on selection criteria relevant to the general dental practitioner.
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Keywords: CONE BEAM COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY; DOSE OPTIMISATION; SELECTION CRITERIA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2018

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  • Primary Dental Journal (PDJ) is the peer reviewed journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). The professional development journal is aimed at the whole primary care team. Each issue focuses on a key topic in primary care dentistry and offers a combination of research, clinical best practice papers and scenario articles which allow the whole dental team to work together to improve standards of patient care.
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