CBCT Course for Referrers - Level One
05 October 2018
0121 456 0893
CBCT is now becoming common place in general dental practice. As CBCT technology has evolved, we can now use CBCT in a wider range of areas in dentistry meaning its use has dramatically increased and more dentists have direct access and the ability to use CBCT. With this in mind, the latest EADMFR guidelines suggest General Dentists who are involved with CBCT need to fulfil their responsibilities by completing at certain level of education.
As our referrers know, we value working very close to them. Hence putting together the training knowledge that follows very tightly the EADMFR position paper on the basic training that dentists require and also echoes the GDC emphasis on the importance of continuing education via verified CPD.
The CBCT course for referrers is aimed at all dentists who refer out their patients for CBCT. As “Prescribers” and “Prescribers who report”, this course will deliver the EADMFR-recommended content of adequate general training.
-Describe what CBCT scans are, how they work and their role in diagnosis and treatment planning.
-Discuss the differences between 2D and 3D imaging including comparative doses for CBCT and other dental examinations
-Explain the risks of CBCT and describe how to minimise radiation risks to the patient
-The biological effects of radiation and doses relevant to CBCT
-Risks/benefits of radiation doses relevant to CBCT
-Factors affecting CBCT radiation dose, CBCT image quality versus radiation dose
-How changing machine settings affects CBCT image quality and x-ray quantity
-Discuss the responsibilities of a CBCT referrer with regard to clinical information for justification purposes
-Patient selection: pregnancy, potential pregnancy, infants and children
-Data protection, patient confidentiality and the exchange of information
-Explain why guidelines are important and have an understanding of a dentist’s legal and ethical responsibilities in their various roles of being Referrer, Practitioner and Operator
-Explain what clinical and disease conditions would and would not benefit from CBCT imaging (selection criteria)
-Recognise normal anatomy of the teeth and supporting structures
-Identify the more common imaging artifacts
-Discuss who should provide a radiological report
-What a radiology report should include and how it can affect the treatment plan.
Current UK governmental guidance published by Public Health England and the EADMFR require all dentists who request, report or take CBCT scans to undertake a Core Training Programme in CBCT Radiography.
The publication advises that a Level One and Level Two training programme should be completed. Level Two should be completed by those who wish to interpret and report on their CBCT images.
Level Two cannot be undertaken until Level One has been completed.
Both the GDC and CQC expect all dentists to follow these guidelines. On completion of this one day course all delegates will receive a Level One training certificate (once relevant feedback has been forwarded to Cavendish Imaging).
This one day course has been modified so it is applicable to all the dentists who refer to a CBCT imaging site and do not have their own CBCT scanner or take their own CBCT images.