Cone Beam 3-D Scan and Maxillofacial Imaging

Want a dental implant? With the advancement in technology, a dental CBCT (Cone-Beam CT) is the most important procedure in the diagnostic assessment of the dental patient for the selection of appropriate treatment planning and dental implant planning for patients with conditions affecting the oral-maxillofacial region.
 
Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) scan is the most used imaging by the dental practitioners for it enable them to request for a multiplanar imaging. The CBCT scanner allows the creation in “real time” of images in 3D of the jaws and teeth. It provides images of highly contrasted structures and extremely useful for evaluating bone.
 
However, there is a limitation in this technology in regards to soft-tissue imaging. Efforts are being directed toward the development of techniques and software algorithms to improve signal-to-noise ratio and increase contrast.
 
The use of CBCT technology provides some potential advantages for maxillofacial imaging such as:
 

  • It reduces the size of irradiated are by collimation of the primary X-ray beam to the area of interest minimizing the radiation dose.
  • Most CBCT can be adjusted to scan small regions for specific diagnostic tasks. It is also capable of scanning the entire craniofacial complex whenever necessary.
  • It gives the most accurate image data regarding volumetric data set.
  • Because CBCT acquires all basis images in a single rotation, the scan time is rapid comparable with that of medical spiral MDCT system.
  • One of the greatest practical advantages of CBCT in maxillofacial imaging is its ability to display modes that are unique and interactive data. It also generates images replicating those commonly used in clinical practice.
  • Published reports indicate that the effective dosage of radiation is significantly reduced by up to 98% compared with fan-beam CT systems.

For Patients
 
There is no alternative to this procedure. It may be impossible to use traditional dental X-ray pictures to assess the bone accurately, without this examination. It may not be enough to allow your treatment to be performed safely.
 
Luckily, the procedure is not painful, but you will need to remain still for the duration of the scan. You are advised to mention to the radiographer if you are claustrophobic so as to be given appropriate support and advice.
 
There is no doubt the CBCT technology has become an important tool in dental and maxillofacial imaging. The CBCT scan is essential for the dental implant operation so no need for fear. It is efficient and painless.

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