Cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) imaging has had a significant impact in endodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. Previous studies have investigated provider attitudes and the use of CBCT technology, but little is known about patients’ perceptions of the use of CBCT imaging in endodontics. This study assessed the perceptions of patients within a military population regarding the application of CBCT imaging for endodontic treatment.
One hundred three consecutive, volunteer patients who were treated in a military dental treatment facility and prescribed a CBCT study according to the American Association of Endodontists/American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology guidelines were given a Likert-type survey that recorded an initial level of knowledge and attitudes regarding the use of CBCT in endodontics. After standardized patient education in the form of a 2-minute video presentation describing the applications and risks associated with CBCT technology, CBCT volumes were acquired. A second survey was administered to record the patients’ perceptions of the benefits and risks associated with CBCT imaging.
After the video, 75% of the participants had a more positive opinion of CBCT technology; 56% felt that CBCT imaging was essential, and 44% felt it was beneficial. Fifty percent of the participants reported CBCT imaging having less radiation than they previously thought, whereas 11% thought it was more radiation. A total of 85% would seek out a provider who uses CBCT imaging if treatment is needed in the future.
When presented with basic information, most patients within a military population perceive CBCT imaging to have an important role in endodontic treatment.
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Published online: April 23, 2021
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