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i-CAT® 3D Imaging

For years now the focus of doctors has been on computerized axial tomography scans (CAT) CAT scans refer to an X-ray procedure that makes use of a range of X-ray images with the computer’s help to produce 3D or cross-sectional views of internal structures and organs in the body. For instance, 3D imaging needs to be examined before performing a knee replacement surgery.

However, dentists have begun to use i-CAT® scans and 3D imaging techniques to access a full view of the skull and mouth. The advantage of using 3D imaging normal dental x-rays is that the tissues, nerves, bone density and bone structure become clearly visible.

The duration of i-CAT® scans can be as low as 30 seconds. This implies that the body deals with less radiation than what would have been obtained if the use of bitewing X-rays were adopted. I-CAT® scans are mainly used in the planning of dental implant treatment as well as other surgery.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants remain the most sophisticated option out there, but the process has a history of being time-consuming.  I-CAT® scans make it possible to place implants within a short time. It is believed that, because of this unique type of imaging, a single visit will be enough to place implants in the foreseeable future.

How are i-CAT® scans used?

One huge advantage of i-CAT ® scans is that the dentist can magnify some parts of the face. Also, the dentist has the option of having a quick view of the cross-sectional image of the jaw, which makes it faster and easier to plan treatment.

Some of the ways in which i-CAT® scans are utilized in dentistry include the following:

  • Analyze the condition of the jawbone that will take the implant
  • Find out the location of nerves
  • Diagnosis of tumors and disease that may be in early stages
  • Assess the density of the jawbone that will take the implant
  • Establish the most suitable placement and angle of best fit for implants
  • Plan the whole surgical procedure
  • View impacted teeth
  • Determine the precise position and orientation of each tooth
  • Choose the exact type and size of implants

How are i-CAT® scans performed?

I-CAT® scans can be carried out quickly. The heart of the i-CAT® scanner features a Cone Beam. The patient is made to sit on a special sit and in a stationary position. What the cone beams do is that they take lots of pictures of the face. The pictures taken are then used to put together an accurate 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the jaw and face. The dentist has the option of zooming in any area and viewing them from alternate angles.

There have been reports from previous patients about the comfortability of the i-CAT® scanner, as it allows them to remain seated all the time. Also, this scanner offers an open environment, eliminating claustrophobic feelings. The i-CAT® scan effectively minimizes the cost of dental care, reduces treatment duration and leads to great results regarding dental surgery.

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