When ordering a CBCT scan, it is important to indicate in the referral form precisely what area of the mouth should be scanned. Dentists should define the specific area of interest, in order to:
- Make sure the patient is not exposed to unnecessary radiation.
- Avoid miscommunication and scanning of wrong areas (e.g. – upper jaw, instead of a desired scan of lower jaw)
- Save scan costs (smaller areas often cost less)
We referring patients to DentQ dental-imaging centers, have the following options to choose from:
- Sectional (1-3 Tooth) – circle the relevant teeth numbers in the referral form
- Quadrant – check the relevant quadrant in the form
- Maxilla ( Upper Jaw )
- Mandible ( Lower Jaw )
- Both Jaws
Please Note that:
- We offer the option to order only a sectional scan since it saves radiation and cost, and may be recommended for treatment of:
- a specific tooth (for example for 3rd molar treatment, impacted teeth or 1 implant)
- or, 2-3 adjacent teeth (e.g. – for two implants with a bridge between them)
- If you order a sectional scan or a quadrant, you should specify the specific area (check the desired quadrant, circle the desired teet). Failure to do so will lead to scanning of the entire Jaw, or to delay in scanning (we may not be able to catch up with you when the patient visits, and he may be reluctant to return again).
- Obviously, when patients arrive without a referral form for a CBCT scan, we cannot be sure which area is needed. Even if the patient asks for a specific area, mistakes are prone to happen. Therefore, it is highly recommended to always arrive with a referral form signed by a doctor to CBCT exams.
CBCT scans are also performed to other Maxillofacial areas and locations. If this is the case, please make sure to check the relevant justification for the exam, and to provide additional details if needed at the clinical indications section in the referral form. This will allow us to scan the proper area while eliminating mistakes. Additional maxillofacial exams may include:
- Facial bones
- Oral pathology
- 3D CEPH (an upcoming trend in orthodontics)
- Radiological guides
By providing us the precise details to do our work, you help us provide you the best quality of service, while minimizing patient’s risks and costs. We thank you for your cooperation.
If you have questions or specific requests, do not hesitate to contact us.