The EFOMP hereby announces a new Special Interest Group (SIG) entitled “Dental Imaging”. The SIG will operate under the Scientific and Education & Training Committees and is established as a permanent structure of EFOMP. The SIG has been approved during the EFOMP Spring Officers meeting in Helsinki in May 2022 and presented to Council in Dublin in August 2022.
The rationale of the SIG: The high frequency of dental imaging, and the recent surge in the use of Cone Beam CT, warrants an active role of MPs in this field. In particular, private practitioners tend to work more independently, and can benefit the most from an increased and more dedicated involvement of Medical Physicists. Practices between European countries vary considerably e.g. legislation, recognition of oral radiology specialty. There is a need to evaluate these differences and harmonize the current practices.
The expected outcome:
- Revise and specify the Medical Physicist's role in dentistry and evaluate current practice of QA/QC/DRLs in CBCT and shielding in dentistry.
- Discuss and, where relevant, prepare statements regarding the uptake of new technologies e.g. AI tools, dental MRI.
- Evaluate Medical Physics involvement in dental undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
The call for members will be open between 25th November and 15th March 2023. The kick-off meeting will be held in April 2023.
The group is open to anyone with an interest in medical physics-related topics within dental imaging e.g. radioprotection, quality assurance / quality control, regulatory aspects, etc, and will have members representing all stakeholders (incl. clinicians, regulators and industry).
You can apply to be a member of this SIG electronically using the attached SIG member application form. Applications should be sent to:
Ruben Pauwels (SIG founding member) firstname.lastname@example.org
cc Eeva Boman (Science Committee Chair) Eeva.Boman@pshp.fi
cc Efi Koutsouveli (Secretary General) email@example.com
Applications received between the given time period will be reviewed and the announcement of successful candidates will be given at the end of March 2023. The kick-off meeting of the SIG is planned to be held on April 2023. The attendance of the SIG members is encouraged as in the kick-of meeting the internal rules, steering committee members, SIG priorities etc will be voted. The structure of the SIG is described at the EFOMP manual.
SIG will be open for additional members during the life of the SIG. The later member applications should be send to the secretary of the SIG, who will be announced once elected.