Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT): understandind this new imaging diagnostic method with promissing application in Orthodontics

Revista Dental Press de Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial 04/2007; 12(2):139-156. DOI: 10.1590/S1415-54192007000200018


OBJECTIVES: This article aims to inform and update the dental professional regarding computed tomography (CT), including information related to image acquisition, radiation dose and CT interpretation, with distinction between the traditional CT and the cone beam CT. Additionally, the possibilities of application of CT in Orthodontics are discussed. CONCLUSION: As a result of technological advances, lower radiation dose and optimal image quality, the expectations point to a more wide utilization of cone beam computed tomography in Dentistry and Orthodontics. With the definition of new knowledge generated from the three-dimensional view of cranium and face, the future can bring changes in concepts and paradigms as well as the redefinition of orthodontic objectives and treatment plans.

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