3D CT Scans at Your Service
Jun 1st, 2009 | Category: NewTom News
Source: Volusia Health Care News | Read Original Article
Cone beam technology provides scans within seconds.
Dentists, ear-nose-and-throat (ENT) physicians, and pulmonologists (respiratory physicians) all work within very precise areas of the mouth, sinuses, and/or throat to treat their patients. For this rea three-dimensional CT scans can be very beneficial in enabling them to provide the most accurate diagnosis and treatment planning for their patients.
In 2008, 3D Mobile Scan was founded to service dentists and phsicians with conenient, mbile CT service delivered to their doors. Now available throughout Volusia County and beyond, head and neck CT scans, complete within seconds using low-radiation imaging, are quickly and comfortably accomplished and offer unlimited 3D views and reports.
“This service enables practitioners to get significantly more precise images of their patients with out a major equipment investment,” says Celeste DeLoache, operator of 3D Mobile Scan in Volusia. “Using our CT scan service can help practices avoid unnecessary delays and reduce risk management by having the scans performed at their offices for immediate viewing.”
In the dental arena, this newer technology is useful for many different procedures, including implants, oral surgery, orthodontics, extractions, impactions, periodontics, bone grafting, and TMJ, points out Celeste: “It is also helpful for ENTs in diagnosing and treating the sinuses and for pulmonologists wanting three-dimensional images of the airways for diagnosis, treatment, and treatment evaluation for sleep apnea.”
“We use three-dimensional CT scans because I wanted the improved treatment and diagnosis accuracy, planning, and quality for our patients and practice that these scans can provide, ” says Dr. Lester. “The benefits of cone beam technology, which is what 3D Mobile Scan uses, are well documented.”
According to Dr. Lester, one example of using cone beam technology to improve patient satisfaction is for tooth extraction: “CT scans are useful for removing wisdom teeth because there are certain nerves that run through the jaws that are very close to the area where we do the surgery. It is critical that we know precisely where they are because, working in such a tight area, we don not have much room for error. We want to get as close to those nerves as possible without touching them. The CT scan provides a very exacting, three-dimensional image so we can tell exactly where the path is.
The 3D Mobile Scan cone beam priduce very low radiation, says Celeste: “The exposure to the patient is approximately three to five percent of a typical hospital CAT scan, yet the data that it privides is in many ways better.”
“There is also software available to use with the CT scanner so that we can create digital models of our patients’ teeth,” notes Dr. Lester. “Patients no longer have to sit through the uncomfortable process ofhaving messy, time-consuming molds taken.”
For patients needing braces, the scans can be very useful for overly comparisons to measure improvement. Or, for a person having a chin advancement or jaw surgery, three-dimensional scans can be used to give both the prospective surgical candidate and the physician a preview of how the patient will look following the procedure.”
“Cone beam three-dimensional technology is the twenty-first century advancement for diagnosis and treatment planing in dentistry,” observes Celeste.
For more information about 3D Mobile Scan, please phone 888-662-7226