Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) utilizes an extra-oral imaging scanner, specifically designed for head and neck imaging, which was developed in the late 1990’s to produce three-dimensional scans of the maxillo-facial skeleton. It involves a unit that can be comparable in size with a conventional panoramic radiographic machine.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewelry at home. You may be asked to wear a gown.
Usage of Dental cone beam CT
Dental cone beam CT is commonly used for treatment planning of orthodontic issues. It is also useful for more complex cases that involve:
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnosing temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Accurate placement of dental implants
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity
- Detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Locating the origin of pain or pathology
- Cephalometric analysis
- Reconstructive surgery
Cone beam computed tomography is occupying a larger place in the dental day-to-day practice; it is providing detailed information about the anatomical structures in the maxillofacial complex and is founding an excellent base for pathology interpretation and diagnosis.
CBCT Conference at Royal Rose Hotel, Abu Dhabi
To learn more about the topic, please attend the workshop on ‘Cone Beam CT: a new VISION in Dentistry’ hosted by MCO and earn 7.5 CME hours (HAAD approved). The seminar will go through a series of clinical cases, demonstrating the value of CBCT images, making the diagnosis and treatment plan safer, faster, and more accurate. 3D imaging using Computerized Tomography (CT) has been available for a number of years. CT has been utilized for head and neck diagnosis and various oral surgical procedures.