What is Cone Beam CT Scanning?
Cone beam CT provides high resolution, volumetric images that provide complete three-dimensional views of critical anatomy for more thorough analysis of bone structure and tooth orientation. Cone beam CT delivers accurate scans with images comparable to medical CT’s with a much lower radiation dose and quicker scan times.
The Imaging System We Use
The Cone Beam CT scanner we use is the Gendex CB500 I-CAT scanner which is specially designed for dental use. This is an extremely safe machine with probably the lowest radiation dose of any machine available in the market. As a comparison to an hospital dental CT scan, it has approximately 10% of the radiation dose. It is extremely comfortable and unlike a hospital scanner it is like sitting on a chair and the maximum scan time is less than 23 seconds.
Main Applications of CT Imaging
Dental Implants: Dental implants can now be placed in the optimal position for aesthetics and function. The planning from the 3D scan provides unparalleled views pre operatively. The surgeon and the restorative dentist can now work in a much more harmonious relationship with no surprises post operatively as to the positioning of the implants.
Orthodontics: One scan will deliver the following views: OPG, Lateral Ceph and also 3D images of the whole upper and lowers jaws. This leads not only to more accurate diagnosis but also of actual lower dose than those films together.
Impacted Teeth: 3D images of impacted teeth (especially the lower third molars) deliver precise views to adjacent to vital structures such as ID nerve/canals within the alveolar bone.
Sinus Anatomy: 3D CT images enables the surgeon to view sinus anatomy and also assess for any pathology before the surgery is done. This provides added safety for the patient and also extra assurance to the patient that they have been given the highest possible standard of care.
TMJ: Condyles and surrounding structures can be viewed in 3D images allowing the dentist/specialist greater diagnostic data to enable a more accurate treatment plan and management of TMJ problems.
All scans come with I-CAT Vision planning software free of charge with your patient on a CD Rom.
If you prefer we can also put these into a different format such Simplant or Nobelguide software at an additional cost.
Cost per scan
Single Jaws £145 (with free I-CAT vision software)
Both Jaws £175 (with free I-CAT vision software)
Simplant Planner Conversion From £275 (including scan)
Nobelguide Conversion From £275 (including scan)