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Accreditation for dental-specific CBCT available

Dentists who use cone beam computed tomography in their office may find a new accreditation program helpful.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission is offering a dental CT accreditation program to help dentists comply with federal and state laws and show their patients they provide safe quality care. Dentists will also learn about the amount of radiation they are exposing their patients to.

"Quality control is important in general, including in the use of diagnostic imaging," said Dr. Allan G. Farman, IAC board member representing the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

"This program requires that those individuals who are going to be using diagnostic imaging systems for dentistry are appropriately trained both in the theory and in the specific use of the equipment they have under their control in terms of the cone beam CT units."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires dentists who receive Medicare reimbursements to have advanced diagnostic imaging CT accreditation.

Some states, including California and Minnesota, are also adding this requirement for all payers. To learn more about the CMS requirement, visit www.cms.gov, click on Medicare, then under Provider Enrollment & Certification, click on Medicare Provider-Supplier Enrollment, then click on Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation.

The IAC is the only accreditation organization offering dental-specific CT accreditation. The organization has more than 20 years of experience accrediting imaging and procedures and cooperated with representatives from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and AAOMR to develop the program.

The AAOMR is offering courses that supply the education and training required for accreditation.

Accreditation fees vary and start at $2,600 for three years.

Visit the IAC Dental CT website for more information on fees and the process.

To participate in a webinar to learn more about dental CT accreditation, visit online.