Cone beam 3D imaging is a relatively new method of technology that was introduced in the mid 90’s to the dental industry. It is still considered new due to its recent demand by the healthcare industry to locate various illnesses, including dental problems.
Within a decade of the introduction of Cone beam 3D imaging, it has fundamentally transformed the way that dentists can collect information, with the ability to diagnose and work out a treatment plan in a manner that could not have been done prior to its introduction.
How cone beam 3D imaging works
The system has many different names and is often known as Cone beam computed tomography or CBCT, also referred to as C-arm CT, cone beam volume CT, or flat panel CT and is a healthcare imaging method containing X-ray computed tomography where the X-rays form a cone.
The imaging system is extremely important in treatments related to interventional radiology and dental healthcare such as implant dentistry, oral surgeries, orthodontics and endodontic procedures.
During the process of dental imaging, the Cone Beam 3D scanner revolves around the patient’s head, snapping up to approximately 600 different images. For the Interventional Radiology process, the patient is placed offset to the table so that the area of interest is focused in the arena of view for the cone beam. A sole 200 degrees spin over the area of interest obtains a volumetric data, set in. The 3D scanning software gathers the data and reconstructs it, creating a digital volume containing of three-dimensional voxels of anatomical statistics that can then be organized and pictured with focused software.
Use with modern dentistry
The cone beam 3D unit can be very similar in size to other dental imagery units. They are also within affordable ranges in use at dental clinics. Radiation exposure towards patients is also considered extremely low as it is on a cost per image to individuals in the requirement of imagery. The technology is quite simple to use and has strong accuracy with 1:1 precision within a display of dental structures. The software and programming require training and can be used by skilled dentists for extensive use. The end result of the usage is proving high-quality imagery for a treatment of dental issues within a dental practice.
The cone beam 3D unit produces images that are gathered by software into three-dimensional views of any feature of any given analysis. The diagnostics can be comprehensive and is data can be imported into software for analysis of presurgical treatments and planning, as well as for the creation of specific bio-models. The images are rebuilt by the software into three-dimensional surfaces, each that allow interaction. The technician has the ability to identify exactly which section of the analysis will be visualized under each surface.