A cone beam CT machine is an x ray machine used to capture the facial structures in three dimensions. At Blueridge OMS the scanner used is a Vatech PaX-i3D Green. Vatech’s innovative technology uses an ultra-low X-ray dose, and a rapid 5.9 second scan feature. The CBCT machine is a standing unit (with wheelchair accessibility) that has field of view sizes ranging from 5×5 (small area limited to a few teeth) to 15×15 (large field of view for the entire face).
Regular 2D images are useful for most dental and surgical procedures, but if there is more information required to plan and visualize anatomy, we use the CBCT machine only when needed. 3D imaging can be used to look for impacted tooth position, nerve position, assess facial structures for trauma, localize pathology, and assist in virtual surgical planning. We share 3D images and videos with your referring doctor to collaborate, plan your treatment, and ultimately perform surgery to the gold standard.