What is Cone Beam Computer Tomography (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 xrays. 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 CBCT?
This one 20 second 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 that 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 will soon allow the user to 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.