Dental Cone Beam CT Technology: Pros and Cons

dental cone beam CT technology

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All dentists can take advantage of truly innovative X-ray equipment that provides detailed information on the health of the patient’s teeth and optimises examinations, diagnosis and treatment planning. A fast, high-performance digital X-ray system gives dentists accurate data and images, saving precious time whatever the treatment. Orthopantomography and dental X-rays need to ensure comfort, safety and reliability.

Dental cone beam CT technology enables the capture of high-resolution 3D imagery for diagnostic and treatment purposes.

These systems were first introduced in the United States in the early 2000s but as with all scanning processes, CBCT technology has pros and cons, which dictate its use in general dentistry. Let’s look at a few of them.

The pros

CBCT scanning is non-invasive and fast. The scan time in minimal—the patient can spend much less than a minute in the scanner. This reduces the risk of low-quality imagery due to patient movement and enables very quick data collection.

A CBCT scanner offers high resolution and quality imagery. CBCT offers 3D data, as opposed to the 2D data from traditional X-rays, which can be much more helpful with diagnosis, evaluation and treatment plans. It can be particularly useful for positioning implants and endodontic diagnosis.

Exposure settings and the short scanning time help minimise radiation exposure to the patient.

CBCT scanners offer multiple formats and field of view options, to maximise opportunities in producing the data required.

CBCT scanners are compact units, ideally suited to regular dental surgery settings.

The cons

While the radiation levels of CBCT scanners are less than regular CT machines, they are higher than traditional X-rays. This needs to be taken into consideration, particularly with younger patients.

Dentists need to ensure that radiological equipment is calibrated correctly and has adequate contrast and brightness to enable correct reading of images.

There’s a range of these systems available in Australia, including the MyRay Hyperion X5 2D/3D + Ceph. This system offers the benefits of both CBCT technology and traditional 2D X-ray imaging, making it an ideal choice for practitioners, particularly if space is limited. 

At William Green, we have a range of dental cone beam CT systems available. 

Key Features:

Focus-free 2D with MRT.

The PAN examination uses MRT (Morphology Recognition Technology) and an automatic best focusing selection system. A multi-layer panoramic scan is performed, with automatically optimised exposure and scan times for children and adults.

Cephalometric examination.

The renewed Hyperion X5 Ceph tele radiographic system provides programs for every diagnostic need. Ultra-high-quality images, extremely short scan times and low radiated doses: the very best cephalometric technology, all in the most compact unit the market has to offer.

High resolution CB3D.

HD 3D imaging with ultra-fast, low-dose scans and very high resolution: 80 am over the complete dentition, together with dedicated FOVs developed to always ensure the best imaging. 

Caring for well-being:

Fast scans, low dose irradiation protocols and ergonomic positioning: the best ingredients for your patient’s comfort and health. Hyperion X5 always ensures acquisition procedures that guarantee maximum accessibility and minimised time inside the equipment—making it ideal for pediatric use or for patients with motor impairments. 

Installation and Servicing by William Green

A smooth installation by expert serviced technicians from Authorised Australian Distributor William Green Pty. Ltd. backed up by customer focused service. 

You focus on the dentistry and let us worry about the equipment.  

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