Oral Health Group

What’s the holdup on cbCT access in Ontario?


May 15, 2010
by ken

The incorporation of the third dimension into practical dental and craniofacial imaging is now a reality. The value of small FOV cbCT in endodontics and periodontics specifically is an unimaginable iteration of the standard of care in diagnosis. The Ministry in Ontario responsible for ensuring access to greatest number of practitioners and by extension the greatest number of patients appears to be dragging their feet; the question is why…..DO YOU KNOW??

The plan for certification is a draconian, antedeluvian “in camera” training and certification program…this to enable practitioners to utilize digital analysis and communications and software algorithms and networks to diagnose, treatment plan and predict growth patterns. It’s like trying to shoot down an ICBM with a pea shooter….web based training and certification is not only time and cost effective, it would allow for ongoing social networking forums to advance the science.  The material below is a realistic independent assessment of the “dangers” of the radiation concerns.  Your comments are welcome.

The SEDENTEXCT Project Consortium (www.sedentexct.eu – an EU funded group independent of CBCT manufacturers) have made their own measurements and showed the following results for a typical CBCT exam in a poster session at the IADMFR:
i-CAT, 25 microSieverts
Scanora 3D, 27-31 microSieverts
Kodak 9000, 32 microSieverts
NewTom VG, 50 microSieverts
Galileos, 52 microSieverts
Picasso Trio, 58 microSieverts
Planmeca Promax 3D, 85 microSieverts

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