You will be referred to us by your clinician if you need a Cone Beam CT Scan as part of diagnosis and a treatment plan.
What is a CT Scan?
A CT examination creates a set of images of thin slices of the body. These allow detailed visualisation of 2D "slices" through the body as well as 3D reconstructions of anatomy. Generally, the data is used for diagnostics purposes, for planning surgery or for the production of models. As we have an extensive range of imaging tools available, your referrer will specify how they would like us to "format" your scan,depending on the specific purpose of your examination.
Cavendish Imaging, in all its locations, uses the latest generation state-of-the-art Cone Beam CT Scanners. These offer high resolution images of the head, or part of the head, with a reduced radiation dose at high speed. This is achieved using innovative technology that focuses the X-ray beam on the volume of interest, using a high quality sensor to directly acquire the data in a single rotation of the scanner gantry around the patient's head.
Unlike traditional CT scanners our CT examinations are carried out in an upright position rather than lying down, and the patient is unobstructed making the experience less intimidating for the anxious patient.
Coming in for your scan
Expect to be on the premises for 30 minutes or so. You should bring a prescription or a Cavendish Imaging referral form signed by your referrer. You will be asked to remove any metal-containing jewellery or prostheses which may affect the imaging.
Your clinician may have provided you with a "stent" to wear in your mouth at the time of your scan, if this is the case please ensure that you bring this with you to your examination.