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Basics of Dento-alveolar CBCT Interpretation

This hands-on course is designed to train dentists to interpret and write reports on CBCT scans limited to dento-alveolar regions. The course content is modified from the “Level 2” training criteria published in the latest European guidelines.

This course is jointly hosted by the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology (BSDMFR) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is delivered by experienced consultant dental maxillofacial radiologists. 

  • £400.00
  • 1 day
  • 6.00 CPD Points
1 day
6.00 CPD Points


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of anatomy of the tooth-bearing portions of maxilla and mandible
  • Understand artefacts that may occur in CBCT images
  • Determine the location and orientation of impacted teeth and relationship to ID canal, maxillary sinus and other adjacent structures 
  • Correlate CBCT scans with conventional 2D radiographs
  • Handle CBCT datasets for various clinical applications
  • Use radiological terminology to describe abnormalities
  • Describe important diseases including malignancy affecting the dento-alveolar regions
  • Write CBCT interpretation reports for the dento-alveolar regions
  • Identify when to refer cases for a second opinion or over-read


The course combines theoretical and practical aspects of radiological interpretation.

Participants will be given a chance to practise many clinical case studies which will work develop their confidence in the handling of datasets and interpretation of findings. 

The small group teaching format will enable each participant to gain personal tutor attention and enable them to progress at their own pace. Laptop computers will be provided to minimise disruption. 

Additional information


CBCT machines have been commercially available for over 10 years. More and more dentists are using them to diagnose complex clinical problems. The IRMER regulations require that all diagnostic images are evaluated clinically.

Course content

Topics covered include:

  • Normal anatomy of the teeth and supporting structures
  • Variations of normal anatomy; including aging and normal healing after extractions/surgery
  • Orthogonal anatomical planes; multiplanar reconstruction; field size, voxel size
  • Viewing and reformatting CBCT images (e.g. rotate image, panoramic reformat, change grey scale latitude, surface rendering, thresholding)
  • Artefacts (machine factors, patient factors)
  • Local rules, patient identification, justification and optimisation
  • Use of existing appropriate radiological information
  • Recognising good and bad scans; 2-point quality scale
  • Important diseases affecting the dento-alveolar regions
  • Signs of malignant and benign lesions
  • Radiological terminology and describing lesions
  • Analysing and answering the clinical question
  • Writing a structured report
  • Communicating with patients and colleagues
  • Data protection, information governance


How to apply

Please return you completed application form to: 

Education Department
Faculty of Dental Surgery
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE


PGCert in Surgery Associated Course

You will be awarded 5 credits toward the Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery upon booking this course.

Booking Options

Next course date TBC. 

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