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  • Cone Beam Radiology Technique and Interpretation CertificationApr 17, 2020 - Apr 19, 20208:00 am - 4:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Dentistry Building: Room-D112A, Alpha Omega

University of Manitoba, 780 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0W2

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Course Description

For general dentists and dental specialists alike, the emerging world of three-dimensional (3D) imaging can be an exciting yet overwhelming venture. Although incorporating this technology into the dental practice can prove to be a challenge, it can reward the practitioner with the advantages of visualizing regions of interest without distortion or superimposed anatomical structures.

This three-day certification course in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) will be presented by University of Manitoba experts from oral and maxillofacial radiology and radiation protection and imaging physics.

The program will include a didactic portion and a hands-on clinical portion that utilizes the CBCT in the Ross McIntyre Digital Imaging Centre at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. The didactic component will span Friday and Saturday and and will thoroughly explore the principles of CBCT imaging technology. This broad scope of topics will educate general practitioners and dental specialist in the realm of oral radiology and the use of the CBCT in their practice, as well as emphasize the responsibilities of the clinician inherent in utilizing this imaging modality. The Sunday morning session will encompass an interpretation seminar with discussion of patient cases. Following this, the participants will gain experience exposing a CBCT image, and attend a mini-seminar on the manipulation of the images in the third-party 3D software.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Integrate the principles of CBCT into their clinical dental practice
  • Apply the clinical indications for CBCT radiography and explore CBCT applications
  • Identify appropriate patient selection criteria and radiographic image prescription
  • Recognize the detrimental biological effects of ionizing radiation and weigh them against their benefits
  • Quantify radiation dosimetry
  • Implement patient preparation and safety
  • Select appropriate imaging protocols
  • Perform quality assurance procedures
  • Identify normal anatomy in CBCT
  • Recognize CBCT imaging artifacts
  • Perform a CBCT examination and utilize the 3D imaging software to review the case
  • Interpret CBCT images utilizing radiographic interpretation and explain the responsibilities of the clinical practitioner related to CBCT

Course Brochure


Meredith Brownlee, B.Sc, DMD, MDS, (OMFR), FRCD(C), Dip. ABOMR
Assistant Professor; Head; Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Department of Dental Diagnostics and Surgical Sciences, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Meredith Brownlee completed her undergraduate dental training from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and Masters of Dental Science in Oral Maxillofacial Radiology from the the University of Connecticut in 2014. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Dr. Brownlee is a full time Assistant Professor at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, and maintains a private practice.


Idris Elbakri, PhD, MCCPM
Assistant Professor, Radiology Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; University of Manitoba Imaging Physics; CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Idris Elbakri earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2003 and worked in the medical imaging industry for 2 years before taking on his current position as an imaging physicist in the Department of Radiation Safety and Image Quality at CancerCare Manitoba. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Elbakri is a member of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. His clinical and technical interests span a wide of variety of x-ray imaging modalities, including CT and mammography. He is involved in the medical physics and radiology educational programs at the University of Manitoba and conducts research in radiological physics, image quality and dosimetry.


Ingvar A. J. Fife, PhD, CRadP, CSci, MIPEM
Assistant Professor; Radiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor; Physics and Astronomy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; University of Manitoba; Head; Radiation Protection and Imaging Physics, Medical Physics, CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Ingvar Fife began his work as a medical physicist in 1978, with UK National Health Service and has been practicing in Manitoba since 2005. He has comprehensive, considerable expertise in the fields of Radiation Protection and Diagnostic Imaging in healthcare. He currently is Head of the Radiation Protection and Imaging Physics groups in the Division of Medical Physics at CancerCare Manitoba. He has academic appointments as Adjunct Professor in Physics and Assistant Professor in Radiology, and has been most active in teaching at the University of Manitoba and previously in London (UK) with highlights contributing to radiology resident courses and post-graduate courses in radiation physics. His research interests include: radiation protection image quality and dose optimization in diagnostic radiology, computational simulation in diagnostic radiology, and radiation protection in radiation and radionuclide therapy. He has the provincial appointment of Director under the Manitoba Radiation Protection Act (previously as Provincial Chief Inspector under Manitoba X-ray Safety Regulation 341/88R). Dr. Fife is also the Manitoba representative on the Canadian Federal Provincial Territorial Radiation Protection Committee.


Dentist: $2,595

Registration Deadline

April 10, 2020

Study Credits

This course is designed for 18 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 165|CBCT2020


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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