Friday, February 28, 2014

More and more dentists are now using “cone beam imaging”, or the technology to make a more accurate diagnosis on a patient. Cone beam imaging is essentially CT scanning, which takes a more detailed image of a patient’s teeth or jaws. That, in turn, helps the dentist to see the patient’s condition more clearly than via regular CT scans or X-rays.

A cone beam scan has a spherical volume of roughly 15 centimeters (cm) in diameter. Given that the scanner captures an image about 15 cm in diameter and 12 cm in height, it allows the dentist to scan the entire jaw area or just a specific one there. It captures an image of joints and other anatomical structures of the target area, just like a regular CT scan.

Cone beam imaging is also safer and faster than regular CT scanning. Regular CT scans are done with minimal radiation doses, but a cone beam scanner has a radiation dosage up to 100 hundred times less. Additionally, cone beam uses considerably less time to scan the area as opposed to a typical CT scan.

Already, cone beam imaging or scanning is catching on among dentists, not just among dentists in Daytona Beach, but pretty much elsewhere. 


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