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What is likely to happen once my CBCT has been installed and I am ready to scan my first patient?

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

  • Upon installation of your unit, you and your staff will get a one or two day course on its use by a trainer provided by the manufacturer or by the vendor. The training is most likely to cover comprehensively the manipulation of the data set.
  • Regardless of the training, once you are on your own, you will quickly appreciate that the positioning technique is not at all as straight-forward as it appears during training. No matter how much the manufacturer has tried to make the process as user-friendly as possible, any user of an unfamiliar unit will encounter a learning curve. 
  • In order to ensure that you minimize your retakes, it would be invaluable to acquire a suitable phantom for your unit. If you are in possession of one you and your staff can practice the technique appropriate to you patient’s prescription in advance of the actual exposure. 

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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