Cone Beam CT
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a specialised CT used to capture 3D images of the jaw, mouth, teeth, neck and ears. Soft tissues, bones, nerve tracts and dental structures can be visualised using this technology.
Cone Beam CT Preparation
When attending for your scan, please bring your referral from your medical practitioner, Medicare card and all other relevant health care cards, and any existing films or reports relating to your jaw and teeth.
You will be asked to remove any metallic objects (earrings, hair clips, necklaces, spectacles etc) near your head and neck to avoid interference with the scan. It is therefore advisable to leave any such items at home.
CBCT’s are quick examinations and typically take only 5-10 minutes in total.
To help position your head correctly and minimize movement during the scan, you will be asked to gently bite down on a sterile mouth piece, and hold onto a pair of handles. Your radiographer will then ask you to remain still, and the scan will commence.
During the scan, multiple images will be taken as the arm of the CBCT machine rotates around your head. At no point will the machine make contact with your head, nor will you experience any pain.
You will receive a CD copy of your scans at the conclusion of your appointment. You are welcome to wait for this to be printed or, should it be more convenient, arrange an alternative time to collect it. Once one of our specialist doctors (radiologist) has reviewed and assessed your scan, the report will be sent to your practitioner either electronically, or by fax.
Your results will be communicated to you by your dental practitioner. It is therefore strongly advised that following your scan you return to your dental professional to discuss your results and subsequent treatment.