3-D Upper Cervical Spinal Analysis
What is Cone-Beam CT Imaging?
CBCT is a radiographic imaging method that allows accurate, three-dimensional imaging of hard tissue structures; its use and emergence in medical diagnostic imaging make CBCT an exciting addition to chiropractic radiographic analysis in the upper cervical region of the spine.
Cone Beam Computed Technology (CBCT) has already changed the field of Dentistry and now it is widely considered the future of Upper Cervical Chiropractic. The Upper Cervical spine is one of the most complex joints in the human body, both biomechanically and neurologically, therefore it takes advanced imaging to analyze this region accurately. This imaging system takes Upper Cervical care to the next level, and we are the only Chiropractic office in the state of Georgia to offer this technology.
Why? The Advantages of 3-D Imaging
There are endless reasons as to why 3D CBCT is superior to to 2D X-ray when it comes to imaging and analyzing the Upper Cervical spine. This table below summarizes just a few of those reasons:
3D CBCT Vs 2D X-ray
Better Image Quality -
No overlap of structures or image distortion because you are viewing a 3D image of a 3D structure
Lower Radiation Dose - One scan to capture the information needed
More Accurate Diagnosis - Allows us to see over 1,000 different angles of the spine, seeing much more than we ever could before
= Better Treatment Outcomes
Poorer Image Quality -
Creating a 2-dimensional image from a 3-dimensional structure (the human body), creates a lot of distortion and overlapping of structures
Higher Radiation Dose -
An average set of Upper Cervical films can range from 3-6 images to gather the necessary information
Limited information for diagnosis - Only allows 1 view/angle per image, limiting what we are able to see