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Birmingham Study Club

23 May 2019
CBCT and Implant Dentistry: Is There Anything New?

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Presented by: Jimmy Makdissi
Host: Amit Patel
Date: 23 May 2019
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, Central Square, Birmingham, B1 1HH

Imagining in implants has evolved dramatically in recent years. This has been dominated by the introduction, then the exponential rise in the use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). CBCT is based on relatively simple technology, which complements conventional radiography and replaces Multi-Slice Medical Computed Tomography. CBCT allows the dental team to access “on-site” efficient and powerful technology for the diagnosis, planning and management of patients undergoing treatment. In this talk, Dr Makdissi will review the clinical applications of CBCT in implants, the factors that optimise radiation dose and the image quality, and the various software packages. He will also be covering the legal aspects of prescribing, performing and reporting CBCT scans, and the current guidelines in the relationship and training requirements for anyone using CBCT.

Session Aims:

  • To understand the principles of CBCT
  • To understand the optimisation of CBCT radiation dose
  • To understand the optimisation of image quality
  • To understand the balance between dose and image quality
  • To be aware of the current applications of CBCT in dentistry and implants
  • To be able to identify the various legal positions of responsibility relating to the use of CBCT
  • To be aware of the current training requirements to refer, perform and read a CBCT scan


I joined Queen Mary University of London in 2004. I qualified with a DDS in 1993 from the University of Aleppo, completed a postgraduate diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Damascus in 1995 and then a Master of Medical Sciences in Oral Surgery from Queen's University Belfast. I then obtained my fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999 after spending a few years in hospital Senior House Officer posts in Belfast, Leeds and Cork. I completed my specialist training in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at Guy's Hospital and obtained my Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists in 2004.

I altered, re-designed and now direct the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme on the undergraduate BDS curriculum, along with introducing new lectures and tutorials into the course and a multi-disciplinary approach. I deliver several lectures, seminars and practical classes, contribute to the design of the In- Course Assessment and write exam questions. I supervise SSM modules for undergraduate MBBS students, deliver didactic and clinical teaching to postgraduate students, senior house officers and medical and dental specialist registrars. I served on the Education Committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. I also served as the Dental Tutor for the London Deanery at Barts Health, the Faculty Tutor at the Royal College of surgeons and as president of the Metropolitan Branch of the British Dental Association. I served on the council of the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. I am an elected board member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. I have been an invited to speak at a number of national conferences (British Dental Association and British Association of Oral Surgery) and international conferences (Australia: The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Pakistan: Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Hungary: International Association of Head and Neck Radiology) and the USA: American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. I am the founder of JM Radiology, a specialist Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology service serving dental practices in the UK. I am also the founder of the CBCT Masterclass, a nationally delivered teaching for CBCT users in the UK. I am currently doing my PhD on the use of MRI in Dentistry.


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