Clinical applications of cone-beam computed tomography in dental practice

J Can Dent Assoc. 2006 Feb;72(1):75-80.


Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) systems have been designed for imaging hard tissues of the maxillofacial region. CBCT is capable of providing sub-millimetre resolution in images of high diagnostic quality, with short scanning times (10-70 seconds) and radiation dosages reportedly up to 15 times lower than those of conventional CT scans. Increasing availability of this technology provides the dental clinician with an imaging modality capable of providing a 3-dimensional representation of the maxillofacial skeleton with minimal distortion. This article provides an overview of currently available maxillofacial CBCT systems and reviews the specific application of various CBCT display modes to clinical dental practice.

MeSH terms

  • Cephalometry / instrumentation
  • Cephalometry / methods
  • Humans
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiography, Dental / instrumentation*
  • Radiography, Dental / methods*
  • Tomography Scanners, X-Ray Computed
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed / instrumentation*