What's the difference between CT and CBCT?

CT (Computed Tomography) and CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) are both imaging techniques used in medical diagnosis and treatment planning, but there are some differences between the two:

  1. Imaging Technology: CT uses a fan-shaped x-ray beam that rotates around the patient, while CBCT uses a cone-shaped x-ray beam that rotates around the patient. CBCT can sometimes provide 3D images with higher resolution, however, CT usually provides better contrast resolution. 

  2. Radiation Exposure: CBCT typically involves a lower radiation dose than CT.

  3. Clinical Applications: CT is commonly used for diagnosis and treatment planning of a wide range of conditions, including cancer, trauma, and neurological disorders. CBCT is commonly used for dental and maxillofacial imaging, including orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and implant placement.

In summary, while CT and CBCT are both forms of tomography, they differ in their imaging technology, radiation exposure, and clinical applications. The choice between CT and CBCT will depend on the specific clinical situation and the needs of the patient.

How does precise radiology help you?

Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses medical imaging techniques, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI, and ultrasound, to diagnose and treat diseases. Precise radiology can help patients in several ways:

Early detection of diseases: Radiology imaging tests can help detect diseases in their early stages when they are most treatable. For example, mammograms can detect breast cancer at an early stage, increasing the chances of successful treatment.
Accurate diagnosis: Radiology imaging tests can help diagnose diseases accurately. They provide doctors with detailed information about the location, size, and nature of the disease, which helps them plan the best course of treatment.
Minimally invasive procedures: Radiology also includes interventional procedures, such as biopsies and angioplasties, that are minimally invasive and have fewer risks and complications than traditional surgeries. These procedures also typically require less recovery time.
Personalized treatment: Radiology imaging tests can help doctors tailor treatments to individual patients. For example, by using PET-CT scans, doctors can determine the most effective chemotherapy or radiation therapy for a specific patient based on the metabolic activity of their tumor.
Overall, precise radiology plays a crucial role in the early detection, accurate diagnosis, and personalized treatment of a wide range of diseases, ultimately helping patients achieve better health outcomes.