Royal College of
Dental Surgeons of Ontario
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Dental CT Scanner Inspection Program

The College inspects offices and reviews patient records regularly to ensure that every office and dentist that prescribes, orders and takes dental CT scans complies with the College’s Standard of Practice for Dental CT Scanners.

The Standard:

  • Sets the training and qualifications for dentists who wish to prescribe, order and take dental CT scans in dental practice.
  • Sets the requirements for the installation of a dental CT scanner.
  • Outlines the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) requirements for dental offices.

The purpose of the inspection program is to ensure:

  • Any office where a dental CT scanner is installed meets the requirements outlined in the Standard.
  • The dental office develops the required quality assurance program, and policies and procedures addressing the use and operation of the dental CT scanner.

Any office where a dentist wishes to install and operate a dental CT scanner must have a permit issued by the College.

Every dentist who wishes to prescribe, order and take dental CT scans is required to have their training and qualifications approved by the College. 

All permits must be renewed annually.

How often do inspections take place?

An initial inspection takes place before an annual permit is issued. Once a permit is issued, the office is subject to inspection once every three years.