Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

i-CAT with patient

CBCT is a scanning technology that can acquire a specified volume of the patient head and jaw and generate a 3D data set at much lower radiation doses than their medical CT counterparts.

CBCT is particularily useful when conventional scans do not provide sufficient information. For example, CBCT can provide very precise information on:

  • the bones;
  • the temporomandibular joints (TMJ);
  • the teeth;
  • the existence and orientation of impacted teeth;
  • the position of mandibular nerve;
  • the sinuses;
  • the upper respiratory tracts.

To learn more about CBCT, read CBCT Basics.

Planmeca ProMax 3D

The dental imaging centre owns a ProMax 3D machine from Planmeca, one of the leaders in CBCT. This X-ray scanner produces high resolution images in 3D of the head and jaw. Because the scan is faster, the patient is exposed to less radiation. Furhtermore, the images are of exceptional quality allowing the oral and maxillo-facial radiologist to make a better diagnostic. It can also be used for treatment plans by the dentist. Amongst other things, it helps position implants in the bones and reduces risks.

To learn more about the ProMax 3D, visit the Planmeca website.