Sen. Jones supports CON Commission vote to deregulate dental CT scanners

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones on Wednesday applauded the state Certificate of Need (CON) Commission’s unanimous vote to remove dental cone beam computer tomography (CT) scanners from CON regulation.

Dental CT is a type of x-ray equipment that is used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. The technique provides 3-D images of a section of teeth, tissue and nerves in a single scan, reducing radiation exposure and pain for the patient.

“I fought to have this device more accessible to Michigan dentists because it will provide patients with an option for less pain,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This would also allow dentists to treat patients in their own office instead of creating unnecessary delay in having to direct patients elsewhere to receive the scans.”

Jones introduced Senate Bill 741, which would deregulate dental CT scanners from the CON process, in hopes to cause urgency for the CON Commission to take up this deregulation issue through its committee process.

“It was great to hear that the CON Commission voted unanimously to deregulate these CT scanners,” Jones said. “Now Michigan can join the rest of the nation and more conveniently practice this high standard of care.”

Prior to Wednesday’s vote, Michigan and Rhode Island were the only states in the country that had the restrictive regulation of CON. Dental CT scanners will continue to be regulated by Michigan’s Radiation Safety Section, to ensure safety standards are met for the well-being of the public.