Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a medical imaging technology consisting of X-ray computed tomography. The CBCT scanner rotates around the patient's head, obtaining up to nearly 600 distinct images. The scanning software then collects the data and reconstructs it, producing three-dimensional visuals for the doctor to review.
CBCT imaging has the unique ability to offer clear images of different types of tissue, bone and blood vessels. Images of soft tissue, bone, muscle, and blood vessels can be captured without sacrificing clarity. Unlike basic x-rays that can onlycapture the bone structure or an MRI that has the limited ability to capture blood vessels and soft tissue; CBCT imaging can provide clear images not only of soft tissue, but also of bones and blood vessels.
CBCT imaging is commonly used for diagnostic purposes. Not only can our periodontists confirm the existence of cancer or other oral related issues, but they can also pinpoint locations, and performaccurate measurements This technology aids in the planning and execution on certain types of surgeries, or biopsies that may be requested.
Is Computed Tomography (CT) and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) The Same?
CBCT is a compact, faster and safer version of the regular CT. The CBCT uses a cone shaped X-Ray beam with reduced radiation dosages making this piece of equipment much safer.Also, the time needed for scanning is dramatically reduced, and the size of the machine is dramatically reduced.
A typical CBCT scanner can fit easily into any dental practice and is easily accessible by patients. It takes less than 1 minute to fully scan a patient, and the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular CT scanner.