Computed tomography (CT), and the three-dimensional images it provides, was developed in 1973. The technology, while primitive, was amazing to the practitioners involved. Those practitioners where at a loss of how to apply CT, and had no idea of the profound effect it would have on the surgical and medical community. It took several years of development and a new segment of the specialty of radiology, but CT has become an integral part of surgical treatment of the patients of today.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons utilized CT routinely in the management of trauma and pathology, and are accustomed to the technology. In a dental practice, practitioners depend almost entirely on two-dimensional imaging utilizing plain films. The advantages of CT technology has been unrealized in the dental practice.
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