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Continuing Dental Education

The Basics of CBCT for Clinicians- Webinar online version

Saulo L. Sousa Melo, DDS, MSD, PhD, MS

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This course is offered in partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University, and will be offered as a live webinar. Please register through link in course description. This course will be recorded, and the recording will be available to registrants for two weeks following the course.


Course Description

Cone Beam CT (CBCT) imaging has revolutionized the way we see our patients by providing a tridimensional visualization of the teeth, jaws, and maxillofacial region. This online didactic course is tailored to dentists who are considering incorporating the tridimensional exams to their patient management, but also to those who already use CBCT and want to improve their foundation knowledge.

We will discuss the CBCT foundations so that you can confidently decide when and how to take advantage of the benefits of this technology while meeting your individual needs. We will also discuss the clinical indications, advantages and limitations of CBCT, and what you need to consider while selecting the best machine for your practice.

The final segment of the course will be dedicated to viewing software where the participants will have a chance to learn the basic functionalities of a CBCT viewer while reviewing the basics of tridimensional interpretation.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of CBCT imaging
  • Identify the indications and limitations of CBCT imaging
  • Discuss the potential risks associated with the radiation exposure related to CBCT scans
  • Discuss the ethical and legal considerations of CBCT interpretation


Dr. Sousa MeloDr. Sousa Melo received his DDS degree in 2006, a MS in Dentistry degree in 2010, and a PhD degree in Dental Radiology in 2013, all from renowned Brazilian dental schools. Prior to moving to the USA, he taught Oral Radiology at Tiradentes University and worked as a radiologist at a private imaging center in his hometown Aracaju, Brazil. Dr. Sousa Melo was affiliated to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry since 2013, first as an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology resident, and then as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He joined the OHSU School of Dentistry in January 2019 to serve as the director of the Oral Radiology Clinic and course director of the radiology curricula to the predoc and graduate programs.

Dr. Sousa Melo is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He serves on several committees at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) and is the current chair-elect of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Section at ADEA (American Dental Education Association). He is an active researcher with research interests including indications and limitations of cone beam CT, and has published several book chapters and dozens of papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 18, 2020

Online Webinar

This course is designed for specialists and dentists.

Course: 2:00pm – 5:00pm


3 hours


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The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University are ADA CERP Recognized Providers.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University are members of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University designate this activity for 3 continuing education credits.