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Dental X-Rays With Digital 3D Technology

Dear Patient,


Our goal is to provide you with the best, most accurate, and thorough diagnosis possible. Fortunately, recent technological breakthroughs have allowed us to make major advances in our ability to achieve that goal. The Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) (“dental cone beam” or “cone beam”) is a new technology similar to CAT scans in that it will give us a 360 degree 3 dimensional view of the area we are examining. Previously, we were limited by dental X-rays, even digital dental X-rays, to a two dimensional picture of a 3 dimensional problem. There were many things we could not see because X-rays did not have the resolution to show them. Despite our best efforts, we were forced to infer, project, surmise, calculate, and interpret. Often, we could only give our best educated guess based on what we could see on the X-ray. Additionally, X-rays were often just not sensitive enough to show very small or beginning problems. That has all changed significantly with the advent of the J. Morita dental cone beam technology. With its extremely high resolution and exceptionally low radiation, it has literally changed our world with respect to what we can now see.


Cone Beam 3D imaging offers a large volume of information and subtle details that simply cannot be obtained by any two dimensional X-ray, whether intraoral or panoramic.

One 3D scan will allow us to examine the region of interest at a high resolution from many different perspectives. Clinical studies support this technology’s improved diagnostic capabilities. We are very proud of cone beam 3D and feel strongly that this state-of-the-art technology will allow us to provide our patients with the very highest level of care possible today.


Taking the image is as simple as standing still. The 180 degree scan takes only 9.4 seconds and the images are transferred directly to a computer.

A common question about 3D imaging is the amount of radiation that is emitted in obtaining this type of image. In an effort to provide the best care and lowest radiation dose possible, we selected the Veraviewepocs 3De unit by J. Morita. This machine offers extremely low radiation exposure. In fact, J. Morita units offer the lowest radiation exposure available in the dental industry today.


Veraviewepocs 3De exposure comparisons:

  • 300 times less dosage than a medical CT scan of the chest
  • 15 times less dosage compared to other industry models with larger fields of view
  • 8 times less dosage than a full mouth series of film X-rays (F speed)
  • Dosage equivalent to less than 2 standard panoramic X-rays
  • Dosage equivalent to less than 1½ times a standard, single tooth x-ray
  • Less radiation than that absorbed during a flight  from Los Angeles to New York

If you have any additional questions about 3D technology, please contact our office. We would love to discuss them with you. We look forward to providing you with exceptional care utilizing the most current and advanced technology available in dentistry.


Reference: Effective dose is calculated in accordance with the ICRP
2007 Draft for exposure of the Mandibular Molar Region with Morita’s
recommended loading factor (80kV, 3mA, 9.4sec., Ø 40 x H 40 mm).
Comparison is to the Veraviewepocs film (75kV, 8mA, 16 sec). Dose
Evaluation of Dental CTs, Department of Radiology, Showa University
School of Dentistry