Use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in endodontics: rational case selection criteria

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AIM: To present rational case selection criteria for the use of CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) in endodontics.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This article reviews the literature concerning the benefits of CBCT in endodontics, alongside its radiation risks, and present case selection criteria for referral of endodontic patients to CBCT.

RESULTS: Up to date, the expected ultimate benefit of CBCT to the endodontic patient is yet uncertain, and the current literature is mainly restricted to its technical efficacy. In addition, the potential radiation risks of CBCT scan are stochastic in nature and uncertain, and are worrying especially in pediatric patients.

CONCLUSIONS: Both the efficacy of CBCT in supporting the endodontic practitioner decision making and in affecting treatment outcomes, and its long term potential radiation risks are yet uncertain. Therefore, a cautious rational decision making is essential when a CBCT scan is considered in endodontics. Risk-benefit considerations are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44, 62
JournalRefuat Hapeh Vehashinayim
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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