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Cone Beam 3D Imaging

Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CT) and Panoramic Imaging (OPG)

Cone Beam imaging offers high-resolution images of facial anatomy, bone structure and tooth orientation.

About Cone Beam 3D Imaging

Cone Beam CT scanners provide enhanced images of the maxillofacial area and are often used when regular dental or facial X-rays are not sufficient and are particularly useful for consultants planning special procedures, such as dental implants.

The 3D technology we use is smaller and faster than a regular CT scanner and we use a much lower dose of radiation, so we can achieve highly-accurate results while limiting exposure to radiation.

The Harley Street Clinic offers SCANORA 3D imaging technology – a unique method of imaging which combines 3D Cone Beam CT scanning with orthopantomography (OPG), which produces a panoramic image of the maxillofacial area. By combining these methods, consultants can access highly detailed images of facial anatomy, bone structure and teeth.

Need to know

  • What is a Cone Beam CT? icon plus

    The name refers to the conical shape of the X-ray beam that is used. The shape enables us to reduce the radiation dosage and allows for a faster scan, so patients spend less time in the scanner.

    Cone Beam scanning works like regular CT scanning, but we use a very low dose of radiation. We use only the latest in 3D imaging technology and combine Cone Beam CT with OPG to produce clear, high-resolution panoramic images of the jaws and teeth.

  • What happens during the scan? icon plus

    Both the Cone Beam CT and the OPG are done as part of the same scan, and the whole procedure normally takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. The scan will be carried out as an outpatient appointment, so you can go home afterwards.

    During the scan you’ll be seated within the CT scanner and your head will be carefully positioned. You will be asked to keep very still during the scan to ensure we can achieve a clear image and avoid talking, swallowing or moving your jaw.

    Our team will be on hand to explain every step of the process when you arrive at your appointment.

  • How can I prepare for my scan? icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the scan to you and answer any questions you may have. In advance of the procedure, please inform your radiographer if you think you might be pregnant.

    Please be prepared to remove glasses, jewellery and other metal accessories which may affect the scan.

  • What happens after my scan? icon plus

    After your scan you are free to go home and carry on your normal activities. The images will be reviewed by a radiologist and the results will be sent to your consultant. Your consultant will speak to you about your results and any next steps.

  • How much does this scan cost? icon plus

    The self-pay cost for a Cone Beam CT scan is £257 and the scan is carried out at The Harley Street Clinic’s state-of-the-art diagnostic facility at 16 Devonshire Street.

Our locations

This diagnostic procedure is currently available at The Harley Street Clinic, a specialist centre based in the heart of London’s famous medical district. 

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