CONE BEAM CT SCAN
With the advancement in software and imaging modalities, our clinic also keeps updating our systems and diagnostic procedures. We have a 3D digital x-ray which scans the patient’s entire face and prepares a 3D model of the facial bone as well as lets us visualize the scan images in a very precise and detailed manner. With the help of this scanning machine, we can diagnose any bone fractures, bony diseases as well as helps understand the bony anatomy of the patient to plan for implants.
With very minimal radiation exposure as well as digital imaging, diagnosing and planning any case becomes easier and saves a lot of time. We do not need to carry the conventional x ray films as the images can be transferred easily to a pen drive or cd and can be visualized in any computer or laptop.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scanners utilize a cone beam, which radiates from the x-ray source in a cone shape, encompassing a large volume with a single rotation about the patient. Images are then reconstructed using algorithms to produce 3-dimensional images at high resolution. Because the CBCT is a sitting-up machine, it offers more accurate information for dental practitioners. Conventional CT scanners make use of a fan-beam. The data are then processed by the scanner into a set of slices making up a volume. In this the patient has to lie down within a large gantry, thus increasing tendency of the soft tissues to collapse.