What is Cone Beam CT?
In 1996 Cone beam technology was first introduced in the European market by NewTom 9000 and in 2001 into the US market. CT invention was a revolutionary invention that changed world’s dental radiology. Today, CBCT imaging is commonly used in most modern hospitals for diagnostic purposes.
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a digital tomographic scanner specifically designed for imaging the head, jaws and the airway. The scanner rotates 360 degrees around the patient’s head and involves the use of x-ray equipment, combined with a digital computer, to obtain necessary images in a matter of seconds. The time needed for a full scan is typically under 10 seconds of actual exposure time and the radiation dosage is up to a 100 times less than that of a regular x-ray scanner.
In our office we use (Veraviewepocs 3D R100) cone beam CT is the latest addition to J. Morita’s 3D product line. This unit is completely unique with super-high resolution for all Image areas, 125 µm voxel images provide a clear observation of the periodontal pocket, the periodontal membrane, and the alveolar bone, TMJ structure, airway as well as soft tissue such as the maxillary sinus membrane. A special dose reduction mode lowers exposure for soft tissue which reduces dosage to a mere 60% of the standard mode.
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What are the imaging options?
With 6 field of view options and Morita’s world renowned image quality,
Veraviewepocs 3D R100 is suitable for a wide variety of medical/dental applications including:
• Identification for referral of numerous conditions or diseases not normally within the realm of dentistry, but that can be shown on typical cone beam 3D images.
• Analysis of temporomandibular joint characteristics leading to diagnosis and treatment. Accurate evaluation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has been difficult due to the superimposition of other structures in conventional radiographs. With Cone Beam CT imaging, it is now possible to:
Assess the condylar anatomy of the TMJ without superimposition and distortion of the image
Obtain a true 1:1 imaging of the condylar structures for more accurate assessments
• 3-D observation of overall oral/facial bony characteristics, allowing easier diagnosis and treatment planning.
• Implant planning and surgical guide fabrication for implant placement
• 3-D observation of teeth for endodontic diagnosis and treatment
• Diagnosis and treatment of tooth impactions
• Identification of inferior alveolar nerve and mental foramen location
• Identification of the location of the maxillary sinus
• Identification of the presence of odontogenic lesions
• Trauma evaluation and treatment
• Integration with CAD/CAM devices for fabrication of prosthodontics or orthodontic appliances