In order to visualize and measure the upper neck alignment in a way that allows us to have pinpoint accuracy, we utilize the most state-of-the-art 3D imaging for our patients. We are the only chiropractic office in Wichita and the entire state of Kansas to utilize this technology in patient care.
Unlike traditional X-RAYs that take multiple 2-D images to attempt to view the 3-D human structure the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a specialized type of X-RAY that can view the Cranio-Cervical Junction (CCJ) in 3 Dimensions (3-D). The imaging beam is a 'cone-like' formation that is moved around the patient to produce the highest quality images of bone. it is able to capture a wide variety of angles in a single scan.
Here are some answers to common questions that patients have: What are the benefits of 3-D imaging?
More accurate diagnosis
Better image quality
Wider variety of viewing angles
Easier patient experience
More precise treatment planning
Why is viewing the upper neck in 3-D so important? Since the human structure is 3 dimensional, it is vital to view it with 3-D imaging in order to accurately evaluate the alignment. Traditional X-ray is 2-Dimensional, so certain factors like anatomical variations, positioning errors, and asymmetry of structures can result in misdiagnosis some of the time. For a long time, traditional X-ray was simply the best form of imaging available for the spine; that is, until we began Cone Beam Imaging.