The 3D cone beam imaging system is a digital x-ray scanner mounted on a rotating arm. Like a digital camera, it uses digital technology to record images instead of old-fashioned film. It’s called "Cone Beam" because the scanner projects x-rays in a carefully controlled, cone-shaped beam.
It allows our office to view the images on a computer monitor at any angle and in different magnifications, to see the relationships between bones, teeth, airways, nerves and tissues. And while 3D cone beam imaging produces the same kind of high-quality images as a CT (CAT) scan, it does so with less radiation.
How Is It Different From Ordinary Dental X-Rays?
Typical dental x-rays just focus on your teeth, and for each x-ray picture, you need one exposure. So it would take many exposures to even begin to compare to a single 3D Cone Beam scan. But 3D Cone Beam Imaging shows much more than simple "flat" x-rays. This new technology provides more complete visual information to study your case from every angle. Best of all, the original scan data can be duplicated anytime, to provide different specialists with images if needed later. 3D Cone Beam Imaging shows much more than simple "flat" x-ray