Three-dimensional cone beam computerized tomography in orthodontics

J Orthod. 2005 Dec;32(4):282-93. doi: 10.1179/146531205225021285.


There has been an escalating interest in three-dimensional imaging devices over the last decade. Orthodontists are beginning to appreciate the advantages that the third dimension gives to clinical diagnosis, treatment planning and patient education. This article focuses on the cutting edge technology of cone beam CT, which utilizes conventional X-ray technology and computerized volumetric reconstruction to reproduce a three-dimensional image. A variety of applications and range of issues associated with this technology will be discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Process / diagnostic imaging
  • Facial Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / instrumentation
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Malocclusion / diagnostic imaging
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Orthodontics*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Temporomandibular Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • Tooth Abnormalities / diagnostic imaging
  • Tooth, Impacted / diagnostic imaging