Over the last few years, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), also known as dental 3D imaging, has become more widely adopted in the dental offices. The information delivered by this technology creates invaluable data for the treatment and implant planning process.
Recently, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) updated its guidelines for dental imaging in implant treatment, suggesting cone beam CT as the preferred method for presurgical assessment of dental implant sites. Their recommendations are not mandatory; however, their goal is to give dental professionals the qualified opinion on imaging while reducing radiation risks to the patient.
AAOMR advises dentists to use a cone beam CT scanner during any augmentation or implant procedure in order to include cross-sectional imaging orthogonal to the site of interest. CBCT imaging provides an extensive amount of information for the clinician, such as bone structure, bone density, root positioning, fractures, and clear measurements of the anatomical structure. Both doctors and patients alike can now visibly understand the precise diagnosis, method of entry, treatment and recovery.
The AAOMR is continually researching the best methods for dental procedures. The current updated guidelines support the benefits of cross-sectional imaging for implants, which is best achieved with CBCT.
The Gendex GXDP-700 Panoramic 3D imaging system provides the necessary valuable information required for these types of diagnostic procedures while limiting the exposed are to a targeted 4x6cm or 6x8cm volume. This COMBO x-ray system captures both advanced panoramic projections and 3D scans with the touch of a button. The PerfectScout™ system enables 3D scans to zone for the exact area of interest. The GXDP-700™ offers 33 panoramic options — 11 projections for three patient sizes, two 3D volume sizes plus a dose-saving scout view, and the ability to add cephalometrics — 15 options, 5 projections for three patient sizes.