Cone Beam CT

In November 2009 we integrated Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) into our endodontic practice. Without a doubt, CBCT is the future of endodontics.

dr-maguire-cone-beamOur goal is to provide you with the most accurate endodontic diagnosis possible. With the integration of Cone Beam CT, we have made great advances in achieving our goal. The Cone Beam CT is a new technology similar to CAT scans in that it will give us a 360 degree, 3 dimensional view of the area we are examining. Previously, we were limited by conventional dental x-rays, which provide a one dimensional view of a three dimensional problem. There were many things we were unable to see because x-rays did not have the resolution to show them. X-rays are often not sensitive enough to show endodontic disease in its early stages. That has all changed significantly with the integration of the J. Morita Dental Cone Beam CT in our office.

Now each examination performed at our office starts with a Cone Beam CT scan. This high resolution scan allows us to examine the area of interest from many different perspectives. We are very proud to be able to provide this leading technology to our patients and feel that this new technology ensures we are providing the best endodontic treatment possible.

Taking the image is as simple as standing still. The 1800 scanner takes only a few seconds and the images are available immediately in our dental operatory for viewing and interpretation by Dr. Maguire.

A common question about 3D imaging is the amount of radiation that is emitted in obtaining this type of image. In an effort to provide the best care and lowest radiation dose possible, we selected the Veraviewepocs 3De by J. Morita.

Exposure comparisons:

  • 300 times less dosage than a medical CT scan of the chest
  • 15 times less dosage compared to other industry models with larger fields of view
  • 8 times less dosage than a full mouth series of traditional X-rays (F speed)
  • Dosage equivalent to less than 2 standard panoramic x-rays
  • Dosage equivalent to less than 1 1/2 times a standard single tooth x-ray
  • Less radiation than that absorbed during a flight from Los Angeles to New York

Reference: Effective dose is calculated in accordance with the ICRP 2007 Draft for exposure of the Mandibular Molar Region with Morita’s recommended loading factor (80kV, 3mA, 9.4sec., Ø40 x H 40 mm). Comparison is to the Veraviewepocs film (75kV, 8mA, 16 sec). Dose Evaluation of Dental CTs, Department of Radiology, Showa University School of Dentistry.

If you have any additional questions about 3D technology, please contact our office. We would love to discuss them with you. We look forward to providing you with exceptional care utilizing the most current and advanced technology available in dentistry.