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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1047-1049

Knowledge, attitude, and practice towards digital imaging and cone beam computed tomography among dental practitioners in North Karnataka, India


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. Syamala Reddy Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Science, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Sri Sai Dental College and Hospital, Vikarabad, Telangana, India
4 Department of Dental, New Janapriya Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
5 Mallareddy institute of dental science, Hyderabad, India
6 Department of dental, New Janapriya Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sudarshan Kumar Chinna
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. Syamala Reddy Dental College and Hospital, Marathahalli, Bengaluru - 560 037, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_340_21

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Introduction: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has one of the most important roles for diagnosis in dentistry. Aim and Objectives: The aim of this study is to assess the level of knowledge and awareness toward the scope of digital imaging and CBCT, among dental practitioners in North Karnataka regions such as Bidar and Raichur city. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire study was carried out among 200 dental practitioners of North Karnataka (Bidar and Raichur). A specially designed structured questionnaire (13 in number) was administered to assess the knowledge of digital imaging and CBCT. Data were analyzed using Pearson's correlation coefficient test, and any P ≤ 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: A total of 200 dentists were selected for the study, among which 93.5% were reported that digital imaging is the most useful method compared to conventional method. About 91.0% of the dentists were aware of CBCT. Of 91.5% of the dentists preferred CBCT for three-dimensional imaging in the head and neck region. Among all, majority of dentists reported that all types of radiography will be used in digital imaging (45.0%). Conclusion: The current study showed that knowledge of dentist regarding digital imaging and CBCT was not satisfactory; therefore, participants require an understanding of the concepts behind CBCT and related technologies, making appropriate training essential for every member of the dental team.


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