Cone Beam CT

  • Samuel J. Zeichner


Cone beam computed tomography is a form of tomographic imaging. It is a derivative of multidetector computed tomography. CBCT is a technology characterized by compromises. As a consequence, CBCT has limited capabilities, most notably the inability to differentiate soft tissue densities and meager computational capacities of the image-processing system. The principal advantage of CBCT is its dimensional accuracy and high spatial resolution. Moreover, it is vastly less expensive and generally exhibits lower radiation dose than its forerunner, MDCT. A critical view of the literature reflects that the evidence-based applications of CBCT in craniomaxillofacial surgery are restricted.


CBCT Cone beam CT Evidence-based applications Dentistry Tomography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Oral and Maxillofacial RadiologyColumbia University College of Dental MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of Basel Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical MorphologyBiomedical Engineering/Hightech Research Center, Gewerbestrasse 14–16AllschwilSwitzerland

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