Cone beam computed tomography
What is CBCT Technology?
Cone beam computed tomography (or CBCT, also referred to as C-arm CT, cone beam volume CT, or flat panel CT) is a medical imaging technique consisting of X-ray computed tomography. CBCT has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnosis in implant dentistry. During dental imaging, the CBCT scanner rotates around the patient’s head, obtaining up to nearly 600 distinct images. A single 200 degree rotation over the region of interest acquires a volumetric data set. The scanning software collects the data and reconstructs it, producing what is termed a digital volume composed of three-dimensional voxels of anatomical data that can then be manipulated and visualized with specialized software. The importance of 3D imaging is that it provides information about the height, width as well as the thickness of the bone that is available so that we can plan the implant surgery much more accurately without any surprises. Additionally it is much more accurate than a panoramic radiograph when it comes to detecting the position of vital structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve, major arteries and the maxillary sinus. Dr, Chris is one of the few specialists in Cyprus who can provide CBCT technology in house.