CTRead—Facial Bones: AO CMF launches new web-based learning tool for residents


AO CMF recently launched CTRead, a new learning tool for residents to train in interpreting computed tomography (CT) facial bone scans. CTRead is a formal web-based modular course. It instructs residents in the interpretation of computed tomography (CT) facial bone scans in a logical, stepwise manner to locate and identify all relevant facial fractures. The tool was developed by Wendall Mascarenhas.

This is a self-directed online course is free of charge! Faculty members are encouraged to share the registration link with their residents.

CTRead was the solution to a problem observed across most, if not all, oral and maxillofacial surgery programs globally. Although residents receive in-depth education in dental and medical school on the interpretation of periapicals, bitewings, digital panoramic imaging, and chest x-rays, no formal training on the interpretation of CT scans was provided. This was a clear gap given the amount of time residents spend on reviewing CT scans to make diagnoses.

The goal of CTRead is to bridge this gap by creating a structured, comprehensive course on how to interpret a CT scan of the face to identify all possible facial fractures.

This training is invaluable to physicians at the beginning of residency to avoid missing fractures or misdiagnosing others. The course gives residents more than 50 sample scans to interpret and practice on. This means that residents are not just observing or listening to educational content; rather, they become active participants honing and developing core skills.

CTRead is available on the AO’s learning platform and under AO CMF leadership will be further developed to cover pathologies.

CTRead has already trained over 3,800 residents and has an overall satisfaction rate of 95.6 percent. The development of CTRead was supported by an AO CMF Start-up Grant in 2018.