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Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Cone beam computed tomography is an innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the patient’s teeth and surrounding structures. In certain cases, CBCT images greatly enhance the endodontist's ability to diagnose, evaluate, and treat their patients.

During a CBCT scan, the machine rotates around the patient’s head, capturing numerous images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. These images are then used to construct a 3-D representation of the scanned oral and maxillofacial region helping the clinician visualize the area.

Watch the video below to learn more about how CBCTs help endodontists diagnosis and treat dental disease.

In 2015, the AAE and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology issued a revised joint position statement on the use of CBCT in endodontics. The two organizations have recently formed a special committee to review that statement and in the coming months will propose updates based on current research and practice.

To learn more or share information with your referring dentists about CBCT and the AAE/AAOMR position statement, view the following AAE resources: