Dental cone beam imaging is among the fastest growing dental technologies. Also called cone beam 3D imaging or cone beam computer tomography (CBCT), these imaging systems are capable of creating detailed 3D digital models of a patient’s anatomy. Cone beam imaging is becoming a standard of care for dental implant treatment planning, and the 3D imaging technology also is useful for orthodontics, endodontics and a range of other clinical imaging needs. While radiation exposure can be a concern with many imaging technologies, cone beam imaging has received some negative press regarding radiation. However, the newest cone beam systems work with far lower radiation doses and offer small fields of view to capture data from just the desired area of anatomy. Because cone beam scans must be evaluated for any anatomic anomalies, it is a good idea to make sure the cone beam vendor you choose includes clinical training for your staff to cover both the unit and image processing software.