When you think of CTs, you usually think of the GE Lightspeed, the Philips Brilliance, the Siemens Sensation, or the Toshiba Aquilion. You think 4-slice, 16-slice, or 64-slice. You think of large machines taking up an entire room and scanning patients from head to toe as they lie on a table.
Now, however, CT is much more than that. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a variation on traditional computed tomography (CT) that is on the rise. Unlike traditional CT scanners, in CBCT an X-ray tube and detector panel rotate around the patient capturing data with a cone-shaped X-ray beam instead of the “slices” CTs are typically known for.
The data received from these systems are used to reconstruct a 3D image of the following regions of the patient’s anatomy:
- Dental (teeth)
- Oral/ maxillofacial region (mouth, jaw, neck)
- Ears, nose, and throat (ENT)