3D imaging and diagnosis in dentistry: pitfalls and manipulation tools
Hands-on / Online
23 Nov 2017, 09:00 – 18:00 The Royal Rose Hotel, Abu Dhabi Area of interest: General Dentistry

Course Dscription

Over the last 10 years, 3D Cone Beam CT has rapidly gained a central position in dental diagnosis, next to the traditional 2D methods. The last generation of this 3D imaging technology delivers extremely high resolution images at very low dose which opens continuously doors to new indications.

However, as with any radiographic modality, it is extremely important to gain proper knowledge on its use since a certain dose is distributed to the patient. European recommendations have been established following the general principle, ALARA, as low as reasonably achievable, meaning that the CBCT user but also the referring dentist need to be aware of all parameters to improve image quality and dose for each individual clinical case. This means that there is a risk that the final diagnostic outcome may be insufficient, or worse, may be redundant at the expense of the patient.

In addition, even when obtaining high quality and correctly taken 3D images, there is a risk of misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment planning when manipulating such 3D information. Understanding the 3D data file and how to analyze this volume is one of the main pitfalls in the digital treatment workflow of the dental patient. But 3D analysis and 3D diagnosis are merely the first step in the process. Thorough knowledge of technology, including software tools, will enable subsequent virtual planning of the diagnostic case. It is thus necessary for dental practitioners to understand the basic concepts of 3D technology, the generated volumes and the 3D image analysis, which will be explained during this lecture, using several clinical cases.

Course objectives

  • To understand the principles of 3D imaging compared to 2D techniques
  • To understand radiation safety
  • To recognize when to prescribe CBCT scans
  • To know how to minimize radiation exposure
  • To be able to interpret basic dental CBCT images
  • To acquire technical skills on image processing

Hands - on

Partiipants will acquire basic diagnostic skill for analysis of dental CBCT volumes, by practicing several clinical cases in a software on computers. Different analysis and segmentation tools will be explained and practiced in the software, including panoramic reconstructions, nerve and tooth segmentation, TMJ and airway analysis, optical scan fusion and implant planning.

Course Outline:

  • Surfing and exploring all you need in a Dental Radiology clinic
  • One day workshop for CBCT software and applications
  • Basic 3D image viewing and processing Pseudo panoramic
  • Cross-sectional slices 2D snapshots, printing, exporting
  • 3D Imaging Advanced
  • Airways measurement tool
  • Nerve marking tools
  • Endo tool Segmentation tools
  • ProFace / Surface module
  • TMJ Module Superimpose module
  • Clinic Management module
  • Smile Design
  • Implant Planning and surgical guide design


  • Principles of dental imaging
  • 2D and 3D imaging in dentistry
  • CBCT and 3D image analysis
  • 2D vs. 3D interpretation
  • Advanced image analyses
  • 3D anatomic manipulation and planning
  • Pathology examples and exercise


9:00 - 10:30
Lecture: 2D versus 3D imaging in dentistry: when and why CBCT?
10:30 - 10:45
Discussion and questions
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30
Lecture: CBCT and 3D image analysis in basic dental diagnosis, in implantology, endodontics and orthodontics Introduction of the virtual patient
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00
Hands - on: Basic dental diagnostic tools: computer hands-on How to diagnose and document day to day cases
15:00 - 15:15
Coffee Break
15:15 - 17:30
Hands - on of further clinical cases: Advanced software segmentation tools for
-implant and restorative planning
-endodontic analysis
-dental impactions
-orthodontic treatment planning
17:30 - 18:00
Wrap-up, Q and A