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Article: Volume 49 Number 2 Page 153 - February 2022

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Paediatric dentistry:  Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in paediatric dentistry

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Abstract: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is becoming increasingly available since its introduction in the late 1990s. The technique provides low-dose high-resolution images of the teeth and jaws. This article discusses the clinical applications of CBCT in children. CBCT is most commonly used in children for localization of teeth and the assessment of root resorption. CBCT can offer an advantage over conventional imaging in selected cases. The decision to image using CBCT should be judged for each individual, and should impact on management and outcome.

Clinical relevance: CBCT affords low-dose, high-resolution imaging that can be used in appropriately selected paediatric cases.

Author notes: Faith Campbell, BDS, MFDS, RCPSG, PGCert Medical Education, Specialty Registrar Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital. Laura Timms, MFDS RCS Eng, PGCert DPH, PGCert Medical Education, MSc Clin Res. Academic Clinical Fellow Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield. Chris Deery, BDS, MSc, FDS RCSEd, PhD, FDS(Paed Dent) RCS Ed, FDS RCSEng, FHEA, Dean, Professor/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Academic Unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield. Nicholas Drage BDS, FDS RCS(Eng), FDS RCPS(Glas), DDR RCR, Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. email: l.timms@sheffield.ac.uk

Objective: The article outlines the appropriate applications of CBCT in paediatric dentistry.