Cone Beam CT - 3D Imaging
What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)?
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) uses a cone-shaped beam and digital processing to reconstruct a virtually distortion-free 3-D image using a single rotation in a sitting/standing position, similar to that of a panoramic radiograph. CBCT scanners are capable of producing high-resolution 3-D images of hard tissues and use computer-aided imaging software to help improve diagnosis and treatment planning.
Clinical applications of CBCT imaging
Benefits of CBCT imaging
- CBCT is extremely helpful in dental implant planning and site development.
- CBCT helps determine location of nerves, sinus, and roots for extractions.
- CBCT shows jaw symmetry, configuration of roots, and impacted canines which is helpful for orthodontia.
- CBCT is used in orthognathic surgery. It gives the clinician the ability to see fractures and jaw pathology.
- CBCT is used in periodontics for sinus augmentations, advanced grafting procedures, and periodontal defects.
- Endodontists used CBCT to determine canal measurements, the presence of additional canals, and the configuration of root canals.
- CBCT can be helpful when diagnosing TMJ/TMD. It helps with the detection of bony defects, asymmetries, spurs, and condylar changes.
- ENT specialists often use CBCT for sinus and airway studies.
- CBCT exposes patients to less radiation than traditional CT scans.
- The CBCT scan is fast and comfortable.
- One CBCT scan produces a volume of images that can be viewed and manipulated in many different ways.
- Clinicians can illustrate recommended treatment plans to patients using 3-D software.
- CBCT allows the doctor to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally.
- CBCT is more affordable than a traditional CT.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule to have a CBCT scan at our office, please call us at 480-860-0092.