1.) What is the difference between conventional x-rays and CBCT images?

At Plano Dental Imaging we utilize state of the art technology to create 3D images that provide dentomaxillofacial views that can help solve diagnostic problems and treatment planning. CBCT images can be obtained in three different cylindrical volumes so that the region of interest is easily seen and examined using the lowest possible dose. A 3D volume render is also generated which shows the dental anatomy of the bone and soft tissue. 3D images can be imported into dental software tools that will allow dentists to make cross-sectional views of the jaw and teeth as well as measurements required for dental implants and orthodontics.



2.) Are CBCT and Panoramic x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays involve very low doses of radiation. The SCANORA® 3D used at Plano Dental Imaging allows for three selectable 3D fields of view thus making it capable to precisely select the examination area. This in turn reduces the patient dose because the effective exposure time is only a fraction of the scanning time. When taking a panoramic image, The SCANORA® 3D has a low-dose CCD sensor that can be used to decrease radiation. SCANORA® 3D dose levels are considerably less than that of medical CT imaging and carefully follow the ALARMA principle: x-ray dose "as low as reasonably achievable". Additionally, lead aprons are used with all patients to protect sensitive organs from primary and secondary radiation.



3.) Do I have to schedule an appointment?

An appointment can be made over the phone. To reduce wait time, please print out new patient forms and bring them along with an image prescription, provided by your referring dentist/doctor.



4.) How will the images be provided to my referring doctor/dentist?

Based on your doctor/dentist’s request, images will be burned to a CD and either sent directly to your referring doctor/dentist or will be provided to you to bring with you to your next appointment with your referring doctor/dentist.