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CBCT – its justified use in oral health care

Imaging remains one of the most important dental diagnostic tool. Since the introduction of the first dental CBCT in the nineties, the market has been exponentially growing. This has created a gap between scientific research and clinical implementation. CBCT currently finds applications in all dental specialties. In implant surgery, the use of CBCT is evidenced, not only to explore planned implant sites, yet also to evaluate periodontal prognosis of neighboring teeth. Furthermore, CBCT indications are not solely limited to diagnostics, yet also linked to the potential to allow full integrated planning. The latter may involve CBCT, digital impressions, facial scanning and surgical guides and eventually lead to the virtual patient concept. This may surely enhance predictability and efficiency of the outcome, while any derived 3D modelling and printing may further serve the actual treatment. To enable this, one should work towards developing optimized patient-specific and indication-oriented imaging protocols.


Reinhilde Jacobs


Dentist (1990), Doctor in Dental Sciences (1993; PhD University of Leuven), periodontologist (1996; KU Leuven) and Master in Dental Radiology (2002; University of London). With a European fellowship (1994-1995), she performed postdoctoral research at the Dept Orthopaedics (prof B Rydevik, Salghrenska Sjukhuset, Göteborg) and at the Institute of Applied Biotechnology (prof P-I Brånemark), University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is full professor at the University of Leuven, visiting professor at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm (Sweden) and Dalian Medical University in China. R. Jacobs is coordinating the OMFS-IMPATH Research Group (www.omfsimpath.be) of the Department of Imaging & Pathology, meanwhile being responsible for research, education and clinical activities in dentomaxillofacial radiology (heading the dentomaxillofacial radiology center). She is Secretary General-elect of the International Association of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology, past president of the European Academy of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology besides being board member of European Association Osseointegration (EAO) and Belgian Soiety of Oral implants. She is associate editor of Clinical Oral Investigations, European Journal of Oral Implantology, and Oral Radiology, meanwhile being editorial board member of Clinical Oral Implant Research, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Imaging Science in Dentistry and Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology. She has received the D Collen Research Travel Award (1994), the IADR Young Investigators Award (1998) and the Belgian Joachim Award in the Odontostomatology (1999). In 2013, she received a Dr Honoris Causa at the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca. She is involved in many multidisciplinary and interuniversity research collaborations, with a specific focus on oral implant physiology and imaging research. She has been actively participating in European projects (ref. Minosquare, Osteodent, SedentexCT on Cone Beam CT, see www.sedentexCT.eu), currently coordinating the Dimitra project for pediatric radiation safety (Euratom Operra). She is (co) author of 5 books and more than 230 publications in peer-reviewed journals besides multiple invited lectures and publications in other journals or books. Prof. Reinhilde Jacobs

Department of Imaging & Pathology/ OMFS-IMPATH

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