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Journal: Indian Journal of Medical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Vol.7, No. 4)

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Page : 35-40

Keywords : Cone beam computed tomography; dental education; knowledge; attitude; radiology; cross sectional imaging; questionnaire; radiation; utility; versatility;

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Aim and objectives: To determine the role of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in general dental practice and to study the response of the general dental practitioners regarding the utility and versatility of CBCT. Methodology: Following a pilot study, a self-structured questionnaire comprising of 20 questions was given to 200 general dental practitioners in Chennai. Each questionnaire was collected in a ballet box and was individually evaluated. Statistical analysis: Cronbach's alpha coefficient, T test and Chi-Square were performed. Results: Males were predominant within the age group of 20-30yrs with >5yrs of experience. 57.5% of dental practice belongs to middle class, followed by 23.5% and 19% in upper class and lower class group respectively. On asking for request for CBCT, 58.5% participants request for a CBCT in their practice and among them 23% request for implants and impactions cases. 42% of dentists have difficulty in interpreting a CBCT image. 33% of the participants agreed that CBCT gives 3D reconstructive images and has got excellent hard tissue resolution, hence very accurate and reliable in dental diagnosis. 79% of the participants have not attended any training programs on CBCT. 100% of the participants were willing to update their knowledge, attend seminars and workshops on CBCT if provided with opportunities. Conclusion: In the present study, majority of the participants believed that CBCT is a useful diagnostic tool in dentistry and research. Regular continuing education programs, workshops, meetings and seminars are required to update dentists' knowledge on CBCT.

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