Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is where you get answers to the most common questions prospective customers might have.

What is a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scan?

CBCT is an advanced imaging modality for dental patients which produces 3-D images of your teeth and jaws. CBCT offers highly accurate and precise imaging when compared to conventional radiographs.

How long will my appointment take?

A single CBCT scan takes around 12 – 28 seconds (depending on the area to be scanned).The total appointment time is about 15 minutes that includes the registration process, patient positioning, scanning, reconstruction of the images, and verification.

How and when will my doctor get the results?

The reports will be emailed to you and your doctor in less than 24 hours. The hard copy of report and CD can be collected from the centre after giving us a call 2 hours prior to your arrival.

Are these imaging procedures safe?

CBCT imaging and dental imaging in particular involves very small doses of radiation. Additionally, several stringent dose reduction techniques are always undertaken in practice to further minimise the radiation dose to patient. This includes lead shielding of the walls, lead aprons, other dose reduction techniques and maintenance of equipment.

How is CBCT different from an x-ray that a dentist takes?

CBCT is a 3 D imaging modality and the general X-Rays taken in a dental clinic are two dimensional. CBCT enables the doctor to assess and view the anatomic structures in exact dimensions with precision up to 0.01mm. A general x-ray is 2 dimensional image and is not the true representation of the structures.

What will happen when I attend for the scan?

Once you arrive at our radiology centre, your name and other details will be registered at the reception. After that, you will be positioned properly on the machine to avoid accidental movement during the scan (usually with a head band and chin rest). The machine will then move around your head in a circular motion, but it will not touch your body. Once the scan is finished, you will be released from the machine and the images will be assessed.

Is there anything I need to do before I come for my appointment?

If you are wearing a nose ring, earrings, chain around your neck or other facial jewellery or if you have piercings on your face, you will have to remove them before the scan. Removing the jewellery at home in advance would ensure safety of your belongings and will save time

If you wear removable dentures, you will probably be requested to remove them during the scanning procedure