CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography, which is a medical imaging technique that uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam to create a three-dimensional image of an object or body part. It is a specialized form of computed tomography (CT) that is commonly used in dentistry, orthodontics, and maxillofacial surgery.
CBCT scanners use a flat panel detector to capture a series of two-dimensional X-ray images from different angles around the patient's head. The images are then reconstructed into a 3D image of the teeth, jaw, and surrounding tissues.
CBCT scans provide highly detailed images with minimal radiation exposure compared to traditional CT scans, making them a valuable tool in diagnosing and treating dental and maxillofacial conditions. They can be used to identify and evaluate a wide range of issues, including impacted teeth, dental implant placement, jaw tumors, TMJ disorders, and more.
However, it's important to note that CBCT scans should only be used when necessary, as they do involve some level of radiation exposure. Your healthcare provider will determine if a CBCT scan is appropriate for your specific condition and will take steps to minimize your exposure to radiation during the procedure.