3D cone beam imaging (also called cone beam Computed Tomography [CBCT]) is a filmless digital x-ray scanner that is specially designed for scanning the area of the face and jaws. A quick comfortable open and painless scan rotates around the patient’s head and gathers complete 3D and 2D information in a matter of seconds. It provides the doctor a thorough visualization of the entire maxillofacial region with less radiation than regular or flat x-rays, which may require several exposures in a variety of positions. Using a computer, your doctor can visualize extremely detailed views of the patient’s anatomy from many different angles. This scan can clearly display TMJ disorders, impacted teeth, critical bone and teeth relationships, implant treatment planning, and difficult to see pathologies within one whole 3D volume
What is CBCT?
CBCT is a digital x-ray scanner specifically designed for scanning the head and jaws. The scanner rotates 360 degrees around the patient’s head in a matter of seconds. The x-ray is a low energy fixed anode tube similarly used in panoramic machines. This method reduces radiation scatter common to most conventional x-rays. The cone shaped x-ray provides 360 views that can be presented in 2D image and 3D volume for advanced planning and diagnostic support.
Why the Need for a Cone Beam CT?
This one scan provides more images than plain film conventional imaging, with complete visualization of the patient’s entire maxillofacial region. These images clearly display TM disorders, impacted teeth, critical bone and tooth relationships, oral- nasal airways, para-nasal sinus, mandibular canal and difficult to see pathologies within one volume. The user friendly software system reconstructs true size, distortion free, high resolution images.
Why is this Better for Patients?
The CBCT scanner is fast, comfortable (nothing goes in the mouth), and painless for patients. It provides a complete set of maxillofacial images with less radiation than conventional orthodontic and medical type CT work-ups. CBCT now can re-create true size cephalometric and panoramic images, virtually eliminating the need for conventional orthodontic x-rays, so your patients will be comforted by the knowledge that you have all the information needed to evaluate and plan their treatment.