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What will be the likely impact of regulatory and other dental professional bodies on CBCT use?

DM PicturePodcast Icon SmallThis series of posts is based on Dr. John O’Keefe’s conversation with  Dr. David MacDonald about cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)








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Interview Highlights

  • The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario produced its regulations on CBCT in 2011.
  • Those dentists who are not credentialed Oral Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) specialists, must undertake a course in CBCT in order to operate a CBCT unit. S/he can only use a field of view no larger than an 8 x 8 cm and confine it to the jaws. This excludes the TMJs. 
  • Ontario registered dentists with an interest in CBCT are directed to consult these regulations for more details.

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Dr. David MacDonald

After winning his dental fellowship in Glasgow, In London Dr. MacDonald acquired his MSc in Oral Pathology, his Diploma in Dental Radiology of the Royal College of Radiologists and his law degree. His first specialist appointment was as Head of Radiology in Hong Kong, then Edinburgh, then Bergen and finally UBC in late 2003. His research interests are the radiology of the most frequent & important lesions affecting jaws and the application of systematic review to radiology. In 2008 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Edinburgh and passed his fellowship examination of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. His Wiley-Blackwell textbook was published in 2011; it has so far received 3 outstanding reviews. This evidence-based textbook also uniquely covered the advanced radiology not only of the face & jaws, but also the neck and the base of the skull. The dentist’s understanding of the last areas is essential in our now cone-beam CT-dominated climate. 


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