Our in-office “top of the line” iCAT Cone Beam CT Scan and How This Helps You

Our in-office “top of the line” iCAT Cone Beam CT Scan and How This Helps You

If the old expression is true, that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” then the pictures we can obtain from the top-of-the-line of all in-office cone beam scanners, the iCat, is worth a “million” words! It simply is that much better than other lesser cone beam machines. That’s because it has more sophisticated software than other machines to manipulate views, and make diagnoses as use of the CT scan information is much more detailed, and yet easier to use. The technology even allows 3D images of the patient’s facial and dental structures, from every imaginable angle, including as if you were inside your mouth looking out, or inside a sinus looking down on upper teeth,  as opposed to old-fashioned 2D, flat images. Patients’ mouths “drop-open” as they say “Wow!” when they see things inside of themselves on the scan that they never imagined they could. Other dentists have often remarked that they can see things on the iCAT scan that they never would have noticed on their usual dental x-rays. Important things. Views as thin as one-tenth of a millimeter, are routinely possible. That’s about the width of a human hair. Not much could hide in there, that you’d need to know about. Lesser cone beam scanners do not have such capabilities.

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While the new technology benefits oral surgeons significantly both from an efficiency and quality standpoint, it also has many benefits for patients as well.  Here are the top three:

Lower radiation exposure than any similar medical CT scanner

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An immediate benefit of this new technology is that there is a decrease in the amount of radiation emitted when compared to traditional dental x-rays. A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics shows that the amount can be up to an 87% decrease from conventional methods. The iCAT 3-D view gives less radiation than a 2-D panorex, but far greater useful information. 

Allows surgeons to map out the mouth area unlike ever before 

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This new technology allows dental surgeons to map out even microscopic areas of the mouth that are critical for oral surgery. Certain things such as feeling nerves can be mapped-out before surgery, as never in the past.  This is done by the iCat’s ability to view structures from perspectives which could never be done before. Structures are rotated and viewed from vantage points which are otherwise impossible.

Better diagnosis and planning than other forms of dental x-rays

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There is a famous saying which is: “You can do well only what you can see well.” The iCAT cone beam CT scanner is top of the line when it comes to allowing a surgeon to see important structures and formulate treatment plans that they only could have wished for, in the past. 

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