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3D Cone Beam: Where This Multi-Disciplinary Imaging Modality can fit Into Your Practice

Issue: Fall 2013
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3D imaging provides a non-invasive way of gathering more anatomical information than 2D radiography for a wide variety of clinical applications and conditions, such as implants, extractions, oral surgery, orthodontics, TMD, plus sleep and airway disorders. Practitioners who have implemented this dynamic and flexible imaging method are eager to provide feedback on how i-CAT scanning technology has helped to improve their practice, helped their patients, and given them more information for more comprehensive dental care.

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Guy Gross, DDS, of New Horizons Dental Care in Salina, KS:

“As a general dental practice, Cone Beam 3D imaging has allowed us to cater to a broader range of patients’ needs by offering specialized services, including dental implants, orthodontics, endodontics and sleep dentistry. This technology can dramatically change how a clinician diagnoses, and it has become a standard diagnostic protocol in my practice. I can look my patients in the eye and tell them if I am going to be able to place an implant without an incision or stitches. This takes away their fear of pain. I know I am performing better dentistry as a result of having this technology.”

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Randolph Resnik, DMD, MDS, of Resnik Dental Implants in Pittsburgh, PA:

“I’ve been involved with CT Scans in implant dentistry for over 25 years, and I’ve found that the new i-CAT FLX Cone Beam unit has now changed the way I practice implant dentistry. The i-CAT scanners produce unparalleled images which are so crucial in the treatment planning for dental implants. Additionally, the flexibility of these units allows the clinician to collimate and select various fields-of-view, thus drastically reducing the radiation exposure to the patient.”

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Steven Olmos, DDS, founder of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in La Mesa, CA:

“My i-CAT is invaluable to proper diagnosis. In my business, I have to figure out why people hurt and don’t breathe well. The i-CAT scan shows if there is ossification of certain bones or ligaments that are the cause of people’s aches and pains. Since orthopedic disorders of the TMJs and facial pain are often the result of breathing disorders, volumetric evaluation of the nasal, nasopharyngeal, velopharynx and hypo pharynx are absolute. My i-CAT reliably gives me this vital information with the lowest radiation dose possible.”

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Steven A. Guttenburg, DDS, MD, of the Washington Institute for Mouth, Face and Jaw Surgery in Washington, DC:

“Cone Beam CT is indispensable for the practice of modern day oral and maxillofacial surgery. For the evaluation of oral and maxillofacial pathology that exists within the bone and sometimes soft tissue, CBCT is remarkably useful. We also use this technology in our practice for the evaluation of deeply impacted teeth and for maxillofacial trauma. Given the new technology from i-CAT FLX, this information can be harnessed at an incredibly low radiation dosage.”

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Aaron Molen, DDS, MS, of Molen Orthodontics in Auburn, WA:

“For an orthodontist, having a CBCT with a low-dose feature, like the i-CAT FLX, gives us a wealth of information with a fraction of the radiation. Using the QuickScan+ setting, I can capture a view from the lower Menton to the Orbitale at a lower radiation dose than a pan-ceph combination. I cannot even quantify how much more information I can obtain from a 3D scan with less radiation than with traditional 2D imaging.”