Dental cone beam imaging or cone beam 3D imaging is fast becoming a standard of care in dentistry. With lower radiation exposure and a lower cost of ownership, cone beam imaging (CBCT) is a popular choice in the dental community. Dental cone beam imaging offers high spatial resolution, showing high contrast areas in 3D, like bone and teeth, making this technology extremely useful for dental implants, TMJ and orthodontics. There does seem to be a steeper learning curve for interpreting CBCT scans, so be sure staff/radiologists are adequately trained. Many dental cone beam imaging units on the market today also include panoramic imaging, enabling your practice to switch between modes depending on the patient and their needs. Features of CBCT machines may include: panoramic and cephalo reconstruction, varying fields of view (FOV), DICOM export, scan times less than 30 seconds and ease of use. Most dental cone beam imaging units’ employ seated or standing patient positioning, however, some offer a supine patient position. When choosing a vendor to purchase your CBCT machine from, it’s a good idea to make sure they include clinical training for your staff, for both the unit and included software.
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