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CT scans - information for dental practitioners and their patients

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As part of oral health care, dentists and dental specialists sometimes request or provide medical imaging known as cone beam CT Scans (CBCT). Information for parents and carers, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and other dental practitioners is included below.

Resources for dental patients, parents and carers

Cone beam CT scans in oral health care for children and young people

This brochure explains the benefits and the risks of cone beam CT scans for children and young people and includes questions you can ask dentists and dental specialists. Its companion poster includes questions and ideas for parents and carers to discuss with their child's dentist.

Resources for dental healthcare professionals

The consumer brochure Cone beam CT scans in oral health care for children and young people and its companion poster could also help dentists and dental specialists talk with patients and their parents and carers about the benefits and risks of CBCT over other types of dental Imaging.

The Australian Dental Association has also produced a fact sheet on the purpose of dental X-rays.

A number of national and international articles on CBCT have also been published in the Australian Dental Journal that provide dentists and dental specialists with guidance on:

Other related resources

  • Online learning - an learning module for radiographers, Reduction in Radiation Exposure to Children from CT Scans, has been developed by the Australian Institute of Radiography to support radiographers. The principles outlined in this module also relate to the use of CBCT equipment and associated services.
  • Radiation associated with different types of medical imaging - an online learning module, Radiation Protection of the Patient, has been developed for referrers of medical imaging. The content has been produced by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Last reviewed: June 2017

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