CBCT imaging is a type of CAT scan, or CT for short. CBCT/CTs are used, like x-rays, for the diagnosis of medical and dental conditions. Compared to conventional, medical CTs, dental CBCTs are faster and less expensive to make. They also result in considerably less radiation exposure. However, their diagnostic value remains unmatched.
CBCT/CTs allow for three-dimensional viewing of the body's anatomy. Conventional x-rays are two-dimensional. This means that the "depth" dimension is flattened such that all objects are super-imposed on each other in the image. Reading an x-ray can be like looking at a stack of many clouds, some not so dense, others more dense, and all layered together; difficult to determine the size and shape of each individual cloud. CBCT/CTs allow for the viewing of each anatomic structure (cloud) from every direction. Viewing a CBCT/CT allows the clinician to see the needed detail to make accurate diagnoses.
Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose have been using CT diagnostics since 1990. In fact, Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington was the first dental practice on the East Coast to have its own software and computer solely for this purpose. In earlier days, Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington had their patients scanned by medical CTs - the only CTs available. Today, Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington has its own "Mid-Field" CBCT. A Mid-Field CBCT images only the "anatomic cylinder" that includes the jaws, from just below the eyes to the bottom of the chin.
Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washingtonscans are made "in office", take only a few minutes to produce and are immediately available for reading. The scans are shared with co-therapists (general dentist, orthodontist, physician, etc.) as is appropriate. Scans are also "over read" by a Board Certified Maxillo-Facial Radiologist so that everyone can rest assured that all "imaged" structures, including non-dental ones, have been analyzed for disease.
For patients who are concerned about radiation exposures, know that the radiation exposure of a Mid-Field CBCT is less than that of a Full Mouth Series of dental x-rays; the latter being equal to about eight hours of being outside on a sunny day. This is a very small radiation dose (a very small fraction of the radiation of a medical chest x-ray).
Dr, Rose and Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington frequently use the CBCT images for routine diagnostic purposes. They also, almost always, use it for dental implant therapies. Many clinicians feel that implant therapy should not be performed without the aid of three-dimensional radiographic diagnostics - CBCT imaging. It is projected that CBCT imaging will be, if it s not already, the "Standard of Care" for implant therapy.
Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington is both proud and glad to offer this powerful therapeutic tool to aid its patients and its colleagues in the pursuit of forefront, quality health care.