Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a technology that allows the taking of a three-dimensional (3D) radiograph. A 3D radiograph allows the unobstructed viewing of anatomy such as nerves, without the overlapping of other images seen in traditional radiographs. This unobstructed view allows the doctor to precisely locate structures and make precise measurements. The CBCT provides an alternative to traditional CTs, using significantly less radiation.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Craniofacial Imaging Center is located on the third floor of the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, which is located on the corner of Emergency Dr. and Cornell Rd. The front entrance to the building is off of Emergency Drive. Parking is available on the ground floor of the clinic, with the entrance off of Circle Drive. The University provides directions to campus if you're coming from a distance. Alternatively, you can enter your address to get directions from Google Maps.
We currently have a custom-modified Hitachi CB MercuRay, and a new soon-to-be functioning Carestream CS 9300, with panoramic and Ceph functions.
All our scanners are regularly checked by the manufacturers and our University's Radiation Protection Section.
Our original Hitachi CB Mercuray has been modified from the start, in order to allow diagnostic-quality images, at a much reduced rate of radiation exposure to the patient. Our custom version is not commercially available, and offers a much lower radiation exposure than its commercially available version.
Patients are required to pay for their image at each appointment. We accept cash, check, and debit or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa). As a courtesy to our patients, we will submit a claim to most dental insurance carriers. Please bring your insurance information with you to your visit.
We will not be able to take an image without a Referral Form signed by your doctor, so please either bring it with you or have the office send it to us in advance. A copy of the referral form is available here. The referral forms is an effective communication tool that lets us know what your doctor needs. This way we are able to choose the image that will properly answer the questions posed.
When arriving at our Center you will fill out a brief Medical Form and be asked to sign an Informed Consent.
The complete appointment usually takes less than 10 minutes, and we send the image to your doctor's office.
Dr. J. Martin Palomo is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Orthodontics Department in addition to his work with the CIC. He earned his DDS from Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa School of Dentistry in Brazil and his MSD at Case Western Reserve University.