17 Apr Ahead of the Curve: Why 3D Imaging is the Future of Quality Care
There is something to be said for the status quo. Stability is something most people strive to achieve, and with good reason. However, stability can easily be confused with stagnation. This can be a costly error, especially in the field of medicine. This confusion commonly manifests itself in resistance to adopting new technology, accompanied by the “if it’s not broken, why fix it?” mentality. Making this mistake is detrimental to every stakeholder a practice has, from the doctors to the staff to the patients. Being wary of a new fad is one thing, but resisting a widescale shift within the industry is an entirely different story. One such shift is that from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional imaging with CBCT scans. The framework for this type of imaging is not new, but recent technological revelations have brought it to the forefront of dentistry.
For those not familiar, CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. This type of scan uses a cone-shaped beam which is capable of generating an image with a complete field of view (FOV) with a single rotation. This is opposed to the older variety of scan which uses a fan-shaped beam to acquire individual “slices” of the FOV, which are then stacked upon one another to create a 3D representation. This is a much more time-consuming method, since each “slice” requires a separate scan. What’s more, multiple scans result in increased and prolonged radiation exposure for a patient.
In addition to speed, CBCT scans offer superior imaging quality to their 2D counterparts, allowing clinicians to more easily identify and diagnose issues. Reputable models offer sharp, clear panoramic images that generate superior diagnostics. They also provide extensive imaging options including multiple FOV and volume sizes. These advanced capabilities make CBCT imaging ideal for an extensive range of specialties, from orthodontics to endodontics to airway analysis to the planning of surgery. What’s more, it can help identify disease precursors with more clarity than any technology before it.
3D imaging with CBCT is far from a fad. It’s revolutionizing dentistry, empowering clinicians more than ever while enhancing and expediting the patient experience. Practices that have not adopted this technology should consider making the investment or risk getting left behind.