I-CAT Cone Beam CT
When you are faced with oral health issues, an oral exam is needed. To diagnose the cause of your symptoms, we need to see all the components of your mouth. However, there are numerous structures in your mouth that are not visible to the naked eye. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we use the latest dental technologies to get to the root of your issue and create an effective treatment plan to restore your oral health. One of these technologies is the I-CAT cone beam CT.
What is the I-CAT Cone Beam CT?
The I-CAT cone beam CT is a computed tomography technology that is much more advanced than traditional CAT scans, CT scans, and x-rays. The technology behind this machine is fairly similar to the technology of a digital x-ray, while the images produced are much more similar to those produced by a CT scan. The machine uses a cone-shaped x-ray beam that rotates a full 360 degrees around your head to capture a 3D image of your mouth. As the cone rotates around your head, it captures a series of images that are then pieced together into a single high-quality 3D picture that shows us bones, teeth, soft tissues, and nerves. With a clear picture of your mouth, we can make much more accurate diagnoses and provide you with a much more effective treatment plan.
How Is I-CAT Used?
With I-CAT, we can see many things that we cannot otherwise see with an x-ray. This enables us to diagnose, and formulate treatment plans for, many more issues. With the I-CAT cone beam CT, we can:
A 3D Scan in Less Than One Minute
Before getting your scan, you will need to remove all jewelry and piercings as well as any hair accessories with metal. If you wear glasses or hearing aids, these will also need to be removed. Once you are ready, you will then sit at the machine and place your chin on the rest. We will make the necessary adjustments to the I-CAT machine to ensure that we get the best possible picture. When everything is set, the image is taken. It takes less than one minute to capture the image, but it is essential that you remain completely still as the cone beam rotates around your head. Once the scan is complete, it takes only a few additional seconds for the image to be displayed on the computer monitor.
There are many benefits of the I-CAT cone beam CT machine.
Is I-CAT Cone Beam CT Safe?
Many patients are concerned about the safety of the I-CAT cone beam CT machine. There is radiation used with this type of technology, but it is lower than with a traditional CT scan. The radiation involved does not stay in your body. However, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing, you may not be a candidate for this type of scan. We can help you to determine if the I-CAT cone beam CT scan is right for you.
With I-CAT Cone Beam CT technology, we can get a much more accurate picture of your mouth, allowing us to provide you with a more accurate diagnosis and much more effective treatment plan. Call us here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center today, at Beyond Dental and Implant Center, to find out more!