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  • Cancelled due to COVID-19 CBCT Certification and Panoramic Radiology for Dental Assistants and Dental HygienistsOct 17, 20209:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • CBCT Certification and Panoramic Radiology for Dental Assistants and Dental HygienistsMar 6, 20219:00 am - 4:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Chown Building Room A106

753 McDermot Ave., Chown Building, Room A106, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0T6

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Course Description:

Panoramic radiography is the most commonly used imaging modality in general dental practice.

In Manitoba, most practices allow Dental hygienists (DH) and Dental assistants (DA) to acquire Panoramic images in their practice. Panoramic radiography is technique sensitive and any variations in patient positioning will affect the diagnostic quality of the image.  In addition, the newer panoramic machines produce images that are comparable to intra-oral images in terms of resolution. However, this can be achieved only when exposure parameters and radiographic technique is individualized for each patient. Moreover, the person acquiring images should be in a position to recognize the artifacts and positioning errors.

Through this course the participants will learn to correctly position patients in panoramic machine at Ross McIntyre Digital Imaging Centre at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. They will also learn technique modifications for pediatric/geriatric population. The course will also emphasize on how to optimize the dose for each patient and will provide an opportunity to work with radiographic phantom.

The advent of CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) has revolutionized the dental imaging. Most dental clinics that perform surgical procedures employ CBCT in their practice. The image acquisition is mostly performed by the hygienists and dental assistants.  It is important to recognise that the dose from CBCT is almost four to eight times greater than that of a panoramic radiograph depending on the field of view and exposure parameters. The higher radiation dose also increases chances of radiation risk. Adolescent and pediatric populations are at greater risk than adults as they are undergoing active cellular growth and organ development. The machines, however, provide operator with different technique modifications to reduce the dose. The image quality is another important aspect of the CBCT imaging. It is very important to maintain highest quality of images for clinical tasks such as endodontic retreatments, minor oral surgical procedures and certain implant evaluation.

The participants of this course will have opportunity to work on CBCT machine at Ross McIntyre Digital Imaging Centre at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. The participants will be taught how to optimize the dose and subtle technique modifications to avoid artifacts that are inherent to CBCT imaging.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this event participants should be able to:

Panoramic Radiography


  • describe the working principles of panoramic radiography.
  • discuss radiation exposure from panoramic radiography in relation to other imaging modalities
  • list advantages and limitations of panoramic radiography
  • identify the common panoramic technique errors
  • identify common anatomic landmarks on panoramic radiographs


  • demonstrate patient positioning for panoramic radiography
  • recognize the technique errors and correct them

Cone beam CT


  • explain the principles of CBCT
  • discuss radiation exposure from CBCT in relation to other imaging modalities
  • discuss theory behind image acquisitions and related instrumentation
  • list advantages and limitations CBCT imaging
  • list common indications of CBCT imaging in maxillofacial region


  • demonstrate patient positioning for CBCT imaging
  • recognize common errors in CBCT imaging and correct them


Sunil Mutalik BDS, MS, MDS, FRCD (C)

Sessional Faculty,  Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Sunil Mutalik  received his bachelor’s degree from India in the year 2000 and Masters in Oral Medicine and Radiology with honors in 2006. He brings a decade of experience in oral radiology after having been a part of several prestigious institutions in Malaysia and India where he worked from 2006-2016. A devotion to oral radiology made him relocate to North America where he received certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a Masters in Oral Diagnostic Sciences from University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, USA.

A fellow of Royal College of Dentists, Canada – FRCD (C) and Member of the Canadian and American associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Dr. Sunil Mutalik is renowned for his innovative approach to teaching. Evidence of this lies in the vast appreciation he had earned in Malaysia by promoting novel concepts of learning. The idea of using a game-based learning platform on a smartphone however different it may seem was implemented by him to promote e-learning.

Dr. Mutalik has been acclaimed by the medical fraternity for his insightful presentations at various conferences across the globe. He is also known for his scholarly articles on various topics in oral radiology and dental medicine which have appeared in several peer-reviewed dental radiology journals.


This course is being offered on the following dates,

Saturday October 17, 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19

Saturday March 6, 2021(repeat)

The fee for this one day course is:

Dental Assistant & Dental Hygienist – $550

Course Brochure:


Study Credits:

This course provides up to 6 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits.

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022. Provider ID# 214210 AGD Code 730



Refund Policy:

Registrants can receive a refund provided they give written notice no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the event. An administration fee will be retained to cover staff costs of processing refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.

The University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any educational program due to an insufficient number of registrations. The decision to cancel will normally be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the program date. Each registrant will be notified by email and provided with a full refund of all registration costs. The University of Manitoba is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause, including, but not limited to, non-refundable airline fares, hotel penalties or lost income.

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