The 3rd Cone Beam CT Training Course was held on may 13th and May 14th as a two days course in the Namuthajiyadh campus of Riyadh Elm University for the dental practitioners, specialists, undergraduates and postgraduate students.

The day 1 session embarked on with the introduction to the course By Dr. Raed Salma. Dr. Cristalle Soman gave the insight into the basics of CBCT, with advantages, disadvantages, Importance of sensor selection while purchasing CBCT machines, CBCT in diagnosis, treatment  planning, determining the prognosis and the newer advancements in CBCT including incorporation of  artificial intelligence. Dr. Raed detailed his expertise on major anatomical landmarks in CBCT in the maxillofacial region. Each anatomical landmark was well detailed with a focus on its clinical importance. The important topics covered in day 1 interactive sessions was the basis to the hands-on session on the following day.

The 2nd day was a comprehensive hands-on experience from basics in operating different CBCT software, using its tools and various settings for better treatment planning and evaluation and the participants had a stirring hands on experience using the various programs and windows, slices in CBCT. The sessions were jointly conducted by Dr. Raed Salma, Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Cristalle Soman, Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Dr. Ahmed Tawfig, Assistant Professor in Periodontics and Dr. Ammar Abu Mostafa, Assistant Professor in Endodontics.

Dr. Ahmad Tawfig shared his expertise on how the use of CBCT can influence the detailed view of the intrabony defects and also the advanced application in soft tissue detailing using CBCT with high resolution. Dr. Ammar Abu Mostafa enlightened our participants with his expert diagnosis using CBCT, how CBCT helped in resolving treatment challenges and better efficient treatment outcomes.

All participants were guided in person to install different software’s, to use different operating windows and altering slice thickness, optimal sections to analyze specific pathologies and using different tools in CBCT. The participants were given a real case experience to case-based problem solving, identification of anatomical landmarks, pathologies in surgery, endodontics, periodontology and hands on practice in nerve mapping and implant planning, bone density assessment, ridge assessment, identification of missed canals, internal and external root resorptions, root perforation diagnosis.

The CTC team was privileged to have very active participants varying from undergraduate and postgraduate dental students, interns, general dental practitioners, specialists and dental technologist. Video links were provided to all participants along with information resources to enhance the hands-on experience. All participants were eager and conversed well and expressed their queries to which the CTC team well clarified their concerns. The session concluded with an post session evaluation quiz for assessing the learning outcome and with a note of thanks. Participants feedback were recorded and they expressed their appreciation in having had a well detailed and comprehensive learning experience. Certificates were distributed to participants and the speakers and CPD credit hours were submitted to the SCHS at the end of the course.

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