3D Cone Beam

3D Cone Beam


Are you looking for 3d Cone Beam imaging in Olympia WA? 3d Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanning represents a major technological step forward for the patients, dentists, and staff of Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry.

CBCT imaging provides our clinical team with a three dimensional (3D) “volumetric” scan of a patient’s teeth and surrounding jaw, sinus, and temporomandibular joint structures. A simple 14-second scan by our Galileos 3D CBCT, combined with powerful software tools, allows our dentists to visualize a patient’s dental, periodontal, and potential pathology status much more completely than in the past. In fact, studies indicate that more abnormalities are found by clinicians with CBCT scans than with traditional two dimensional X-rays.

CBCT images and software provide not only expanded diagnostic information, but also offer significant treatment planning advantages. The Galileos 3D scanning device was selected for our practice because of its ability to integrate with the CEREC CAD/CAM technology. The synergy of these two technologies allows our dentists to fully plan, design, and predictably place dental implants here in our office. Dental implant placement is an exciting clinical service that we have been offering to our patients since 2011.

What is 3d cone beam imaging?

3d cone beam imaging is computed tomography (CT) which is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. We use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. There is no special preparation required. Tell us if there's a possibility you are pregnant. Wear loose, clothing and leave any jewelry at home.

Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins, may affect the CT images and should be left at home. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work. Women will be asked to remove bras containing metal underwire. You may be asked to remove any piercings, if possible.

With 3d cone beam imaging, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views. CT scans and cone beam CT both produce high quality images.

3d cone beam imaging provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves. However, CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to an conventional CT.

Do you need 3d cone beam imaging?

Not everyone who sees us will need a Cone Beam 3D image, and they are not a substitution for traditional two dimensional x-rays. We’ll only use this kind of imaging when it is a diagnostic tool that’s medically necessary. We’re especially careful to ensure minimal exposure to radiation, since we know radiation exposure is a concern for some people. The exact amount of radiation emitted by a Cone Beam scan depends on exactly what we’re taking an image of. According to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Committee, the background radiation dose just from being alive in the US is on average 8µSv per day. We can assume that a Cone Beam Scan is generally going to be the equivalent of between about 3 and about 16 days of background radiation. A traditional brain CT scan emits more like 2,000 µSv, which is closer to 2 years of background radiation. 

Getting a Cone Beam 3D image taken is easy and takes less than a minute. There’s no discomfort or special preparation, we’ll just ask that you take off any metal jewelry like earrings to make sure we get the best image possible. The machine does all the work for you, rotating around 360 degrees to capture all the angles.

Most dental insurance companies still do not cover CBCT scans.

How much radiation is in a cone beam?

The amount of radiation received from a cone-beam CT of the jaws will vary from approximately 18–200 µSv depending on the size of the field of view, resolution of the images, size of the patient, location of the region of interest, as well as the manufacturer settings.

Is 3d Cone Beam covered by insurance?

Most of the scans we obtain are for dental purposes and not medical. Medical insurance companies typically will NOT provide coverage for these scans.

New insurance codes for 3d cone beam CT scans have recently been developed in the dental insurance industry. The dental industry is slowly adapting to provide coverage for cone beam scans (coverage for this procedure can be determined by you calling your insurance company to check the details of your plan). However, a lot of dental insurances only provide $1-2,000.00 of coverage/benefits for an individual for a given year (this includes all dental care). Costs beyond the stated level of benefits become the responsibility of the patient.