IN LAYMAN’S TERMS, A DENTAL CBCT IS A COMPACT, FASTER AND SAFER VERSION OF THE REGULAR MEDICAL CT.
This technology unlike medical CAT scans uses of a cone shaped X-Ray beam, therefore the size of the scanner, the radiation dosage and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. The cone beam CT scanner we have in our office is a Prexion 3D. This CBCT scanner (see photo) will rotate 360°around your head and only needs 19 seconds to capture multiple images of your head from different angles. As a result the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular medical CAT scanner. These images are then reconstructed with specialized software (www.Anatomage.com) to create a 3D image of your internal anatomy. This protocol will help to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally, assess risk, generate implant placement surgical guides and plan treatment and surgery.