Cone Beam CT 3D Spinal Imaging & Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Updated: Jul 12


What is Cone Beam CT (CBCT) and 3D Spinal Imaging?

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a state-of-the-art type of x-ray that can view the upper cervical and lower cervical vertebrae of the spine in 3 dimensions (3D). This technology allows upper cervical doctors to visualize and measure the upper neck alignment in a way that is completely revolutionary in the chiropractic profession. We are the only chiropractic office in Owensboro and the commonwealth of Kentucky to utilize this technology in-house at Owensboro Atlas Center for upper cervical chiropractic care.


Until recently, CBCT imaging has only been used in a dental setting, as that was the intended design and purpose. However, upper cervical chiropractors have recently found this imaging to be an exceptional tool compared to traditional 2D x-ray.


With this technology, your upper cervical chiropractor will be able to identify whether the client has spinal degeneration, structural abnormalities, or upper cervical misalignments.


Your upper cervical doctor will also have the benefit of looking at different structures such as airway issues, TMJ dysfunctions, jaw rotations, and head tilts or imbalances, Another advantage utilizing this type of imaging is the decreased radiation exposure. CBCT imaging actually emits less radiation compared to traditional digital x-ray imaging units.


Take a sneak peak behind the scenes as Dr. Kyle uses CBCT to get to the root of the problem and increase clinical outcomes and results.


Why is viewing the upper neck in 3D so important?

Since the human structure is 3 dimensional, it is vital to view it with 3D imaging in order to accurately evaluate and analyze the body structures and misalignments. Traditional digital x-ray is 2D, so certain factors like anatomical variations, positioning errors, and asymmetry of structures can result in misinterpretation and less analyzation purposes. Until now, traditional x-ray, was simply the best form of imaging we had available for the spine. Cone beam imaging has changed the whole dynamic of upper cervical chiropractic care and the clinical outcomes and results.