Interpreting Cone Beam CT Images: An Interactive Workshop



Friday, February 3, 2017

Note: This program is full for 2017. However, you may request a place on the cancellation list for the February 3, 2017, course and receive priority notification for a future course offering by contacting the Office of Continuing Dental Education at (612) 625-1418 or (800) 685-1418, or email to be added to the priority notification list.

Would you like to develop more confidence and skill with Cone Beam CT scan interpretation?

You will benefit from hands-on training provided by two highly qualified oral and maxillofacial radiologists. The small class size allows for close interaction with instructors as they guide you through CT scan interpretation using actual cases. Patient cases will focus on: 1) impacted teeth, 2) third molars, 3) implants, 4) sinus anatomy and diseases, 5) TMJ, 6) fractures of teeth and bone, 7) diseases of bone, and 8) cysts and tumors. You will receive tips on cone beam software applications and diagnostic interpretation, and will also benefit from reviewing multiple clinical cases relevant to dental practice. 


Using images acquired by a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) unit you will learn how to:

  • use CBCT software to explore areas of interest on a CT scan using multiple planes.
  • identify both normal and abnormal anatomy and pathology in teeth and bony structures of the head and neck.
  • incorporate CT data into your treatment plans.

Who Should Attend?

General dentists and specialists who use CBCT scans to manage patient treatment and would like help reading the 3-D CT images.

Educational methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, case presentations, demonstration, interactive CT scan interpretation. You will have access to an individual computer loaded with CBCT software. A flash drive containing the cases presented will be given to you for future reference in your practice.

Course instructors

Mansur Ahmad, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate and Past President, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Laurence Gaalaas, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.


Here's what previous attendees liked about the course:

“I really appreciated that it was hands-on and that we walked through case by case. Very clinically relevant information.” 

“The workshop format; all my questions were answered.” Dr. Rolf Moen, Brainerd, MN

“Great review of anatomy and pathology! Really nice to have interactive component.” Dr. Stephanie Miner, Minnetrista, MN

“Having a truly interactive course where we would enhance our clinical core skills, pathology/radiology skills was an excellent opportunity.” Dr. Robert Greenland, Rochester, MN

“Good instructors, interesting cases, comprehensive handouts; great to have extra helpers for the computer.”



  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included and will be served between 12:15 and 1:00 PM.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

You will have access to an individual computer loaded with CBCT software. A flash drive containing the cases presented will be given to you for future reference in your practice.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature. 

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) prior to the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program, $100 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Commons Hotel Guests Only: If you are staying at the Commons Hotel, we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Commons Hotel, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Commons Hotel at 612-379-8888 and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus.

How to register

  • Mail in your registration form along with your check or credit card information.
  • Call us at 612-625-1418 or 800-685-1418 and use your credit card to register.
  • Fax your registration form and credit card information to 612-624-8159.

Register online

Please register by January 20, 2017.

Enrollment is limited to 24.


$795 dentist

A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by January 6, 2017. Registrations made after January 6, 2017, will be paid in full at the time of registration.


8 hours

Minnesota Credits
2 fundamental
6 core (Diagnosis and Treatment Planning)

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in radiology and oral diagnosis.


8:00 AM to 5:15 PM


6-410 Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room) & Biomedical Library - Diehl Hall

Minneapolis Campus

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