Low Radiation CT Scan

Low Radiation CT Scan

 

 

 

Low Radiation CT Scanning – Getting to The Root of The Problem Safely!

Sometimes within dentistry there may be times when regular dental X-rays are insufficient. For this reason, your dentist might decide that you need a CT scan. Dental technology has been embracing 3D cone beamed, computed tomography (CT) scanning for a little over a decade and while the word itself sounds pretty complex, in reality (and just like an X-ray) it provides the dentist with an insider’s view of the mouth. However, that’s where the similarity ends because in reality CT scanning is superior on every level. So much so in fact that it’s one of the most important and exciting developments to occur in the field of dental diagnosis and treatment planning for many years.

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That said, despite its technological superiority, it does have one flaw….

While conventional X-rays take a concentrated 2D view of the mouth (width and area only) computed tomography scanning is carried out in 3D, meaning that it can take three dimensional panoramic images of your mouth in sections. This includes images of your entire dental structure such as the soft tissues, gums, and nerve pathways, in a single scan. These images allow dentists to evaluate and detect diseases or problems of the jaw early. However, while CT scanning is perfect for ‘bigger picture’ evaluation, there is a catch! it isn’t suitable for routine use because under these circumstances patients are exposed to higher levels of radiation.

So, what’s the answer for more routine cases?

Low level radiation scanning of course! Here’s how it works….

During a low radiation scan anywhere between 150 and 200 high-resolution 2 dimensional pictures are taken of the mouth. Scanning involves levels of radiation that easily fall within acceptable guidelines and are therefore safe for the patient.

Next these images are simultaneously converted into 3D pictures. The results are the exact same
in -depth images that you would get in a conventional 3D CT scan. Teeth, bone structure, nasal cavity, sinuses, blood vessels, you name it, these images allow for a more comprehensive routine evaluation, safely!

So, what about the advantages? Well, there are many….

• Precise and accurate pain-free scanning
• Simultaneous image capturing of all bone and soft tissue
• Low radiation exposure with high image quality
• Various views and angles allow for a more complete evaluation; and this leads to…
• More precise treatment planning

So, what’s the answer for more routine cases?

Low level radiation scanning of course! Here’s how it works….

During a low radiation scan anywhere between 150 and 200 high-resolution 2 dimensional pictures are taken of the mouth. Scanning involves levels of radiation that easily fall within acceptable guidelines and are therefore safe for the patient.

Next these images are simultaneously converted into 3D pictures. The results are the exact same
in -depth images that you would get in a conventional 3D CT scan. Teeth, bone structure, nasal cavity, sinuses, blood vessels, you name it, these images allow for a more comprehensive routine evaluation, safely!

So, what about the advantages? Well, there are many….

• Precise and accurate pain-free scanning
• Simultaneous image capturing of all bone and soft tissue
• Low radiation exposure with high image quality
• Various views and angles allow for a more complete evaluation; and this leads to…
• More precise treatment planning

That’s all well and good, but what can you as a patient expect if you’re in need of a dental CT scan in Chatswood?

As a quick, non-evasive and painless examination, patients will be asked to stand or sit in a position which enables best centralisation. Once centred, they’ll be asked to grab two handles and bite down on a well-sanitised, stabilising mouthpiece. As they do so the 3D scanner will move around the patient’s head rapidly taking multiple images. These then flash up on the imaging screen as newly converted, in-depth 3D images. What’s more, the whole process takes just 14 seconds from start to finish.

If you’d like to find out more about low radiation CT scans, dental patients in and around Chatswood might be pleased to know that we use them as part of the initial check-up process. This way we get a good picture of the state of your dental health fast and are able to draw up an accurate treatment plan to suit your specific needs. To book your dental check-up, contact the Evergreen Dental team on (02) 8074 3849 today.

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