Open Discussion: CBCT Radiation Safety

In a recent report that tackled the issue of CBCT safety and regulations, especially for younger patients, the New York Times has raised some controversial issues.
The main idea was that ConeBeam CT scanning is being marketed as an essential procedure to orthodontic, and other dental treatments. This, according to the pre mentioned article, exposes some patients to unnecessary radiation that could increase their cancer risk without any real benefit.
In the article, the reporters have clearly hinted that most of the advocates of this unregulated usage of ConeBeam CT are sponsored by big manufacturers. Specifically the makers of the iCAT: Imaging Sciences International.

Imaging Sciences International has since issued an official response that you can read Here
Carestream Dental have also issued a press release in response that can be read Here

This article and the different responses, including one by the ADA, have created a huge buzz in the dental community. Click on read more to participate with your opinion.

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An Interesting Study on Improving The CBCT Image Quality

A recent study published in the European Journal of Radiology, shows that tilting the patient's mandible by a certain degree can lead to improvements in the CBCT image quality, and could also help in reducing the cone beam dose for the patient.

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Eugene Antenucci DDS Joins The Planmeca Team

If you are thinking of reasons for Planmeca USA to be excited about their 2010 achievements, one of them is definitely going to be this one. The contract, which was announced on the 2nd of June 2010 with Dr. Eugene Antenucci DDS, will contribute to the sophistication of Planmeca's marketing, educational, and promotional perspectives, as Planmeca's marketing director Nina Likins describes.

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Set Your 2011 Calendars For Another Amazing Educational Experience With Osteogenics Global Bone Grafting Symposium

It's set!! Osteogenics 2011 global bone grafting symposium is on the calender. The major educational event has been scheduled to take place at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2011 on the 1st, and 2nd of April at the Westin Kierland resort, spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Twelve Days and Counting to Sunny California and AAOMR's 61st Annual Session

Sunny California is less than two weeks away from the launch of AAOMR (American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology) 61st annual session scheduled to start on November the 17th in conjunction with AADMRT (American Association of Dental Maxillofacial Radiographic Technicians) 32nd session. The event should last till the 20th of November, and is going to be located at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort in the San Diego bay.

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Ultradent's "Sun & CE" Weekend: Just The Beautiful Sun, The Lovely Beaches, and 7 CE Credits Hours

The "Sun & CE" weekend is to be held at the luxorious Hilton Sandiego Bayfront in the period from November 11th to the 13th. While enjoying Sandiego's gorgous atmosphere alongside various entertaining activities, attendees will be able to receive 7 CE credit hours upon attending the "Solutions for Success: A Team Approach" course presented by Drs. James Jese and Ron Kaminer.

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Genesis, The Biomimetic Implant System(TM) from Keystone Dental, Inc. Receives Regulatory Clearance in The U.S.A

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts, November 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Keystone Dental, Inc. today announced U.S. regulatory clearance of Genesis, The Biomimetic Implant System. The Genesis System represents a major advance in implant dentistry through its biomimetic design - a design inspired by nature. The unique benefits of the Genesis System include the potential to achieve immediate function with a natural looking smile, allowing the patient to leave the dentist's office with a replacement tooth on the day of surgery.

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Necessity of 3D Imaging Prior to Removal of a Lower Third Molar with an IAN Injury Risk

A recent study conducted by OOOOE (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, & Endodontology) shows the necessity of performing a 3D imaging scan before the undergoing of a lower third molar removal operation when there are signs of proximity with the IAN (Inferior Alveolar Nerve).

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PracticeWorks changes name to Carestream Dental

PacticeWorks Systems, a subsidiary of Carestream Health and the exclusive manufacturer of Kodak Dental Systems, has changed its corporate name to Carestream Dental, effective September 1, 2010. The company's headquarters will remain in Atlanta.

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CBCT can determine root canal dimensions

Cone-beam CT (CBCT) can be used to better determine root canal length and width, improving the prediction of root canal treatment outcomes, according to a study in Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Surgery (August 15, 2010).

While many studies have investigated the histological changes in pulp, few have focused on the changes in the shape of the root canals, according to researchers from Dicle University in Turkey.

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