Introducing India’s First CBCT Machine
Introducing India’s First CBCT Machine
City imaging and clinical lab is pleased to offer India's first CONE BEAM COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CBCT) to patients, dentists,
maxillofacial surgeons and health care professionals. CBCT has in a few years changed the practice of dental and maxillofacial surgery
the world over. High definition, three dimensional digital imaging is now easily available to referring doctors using the latest state-ofthe-art i-CAT CBCT with large field of view from Imaging Sciences, USA. The scan is performed with the patient sitting very
comfortably in a chair during the CT scan.
The i-CAT Cone Beam CT uses an amorphous silicon flat panel detector and cone beam technology to get volumetric images with vastly information gives the treating doctor more thorough structural knowledge which enables highly accurate diagnosis and treatment
planning and can help create more predictable outcomes. Vastly lower radiation dose (20-100 times) means that the i-CAT CBCT scan
can be done safely without any undue concern for radiation side-effects.
Why do I need one
Dentists will prescribe a CBCT scan for a number of reasons. Sometimes we want to see a 3D image prior to surgery or implant placement for your safety. Other times we need to see the jaw joints, sinuses, or some unusual anatomy.
How long will it take
There are a number of different scans, but a typical one lasts just under 9 seconds. You will have to remove any facial jewelry, hearing aids, and neck chains, and wait for a dentist to review that the scan has all the information we need, so if you are from an outside clinic, you will be in our clinic about twenty minutes.
What happens to the information
That depends on what your dentist has requested. Sometimes they will have us burn a copy on disk and send it back with you; other times they will have us mail a disc or send it to them digitally through secure upload transfer. On occasion we will also send the information to a specialist called an Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist for review.
Benefits of a Dental CBCT scan
The benefits of a Dental CBCT scan are that it:
- Provides 3-D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone which are considerably more detailed than conventional two-dimensional dental x-rays.
- Allows for more precise diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Is simple and comfortable to take and can diagnostically image both bone and soft tissue simultaneously.
Common uses of a Dental CBCT scan
Dental CBCT scans are commonly used to:
- Evaluate the position of teeth, bone structure, jaw joints and the airway.
- Aid in : Accurate placement of implants
- Aid in : Surgical planning for the removal of impacted wisdom teeth
- Aid in : 3-D orthodontic evaluation
- Aid in : Complex root canal diagnosis and treatment
What are the risks of a Dental CBCT scan
Although relatively low, Dental CBCT scans cause some exposure to radiation; the amount of exposure is approximately the same as taking a five-hour international plane flight. Due to radiation exposure, scans are not generally recommended for pregnant women and should be used cautiously in the pre-orthodontic evaluation of children.
How does a Dental CBCT scanning procedure work
During the scan, a motorized arm rotates 360-degrees around your head while capturing multiple images from different angles that are then reconstructed to create a single 3-D image.
Who interprets the results of a Dental CBCT scan
The interpretation of a Dental CBCT scan may be done by your dentist, dental specialist or radiologist.
- CBCT is a relatively new technology to dentistry, used for the 3D imaging of the teeth and jaws.
- Radiation dose to the patient is much less than for conventional CT scanners, but still higher than for conventional 2D dental imaging.
- Training is crucial for all members of the dental team involved in CBCT radiography and radiology.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography is a relatively new three-dimensional imaging technology, which has been specifically developed for imaging of the teeth and jaws. The aim of this paper is to acquaint the dental team with various forms of this technology and its potential applications. An understanding of the underlying principles will allow the users of this technology to tailor the imaging protocol to the patient's individual needs to achieve appropriate imaging at the lowest radiation dose.