i-Cat® 3D Imaging
Patients today are better-informed than ever and take a more active role in their health care. This breakthrough technology enables patients to better understand their treatment options.
What is it?
3-D Imaging is the new frontier for digital x-ray: designed specifically to visualize the head and jaws. It is the difference between viewing a photo of a patients head and going inside and taking a virtual tour! THIS IS NOT THE SAME TECHNOLOGY AS A MEDICAL (HOSPITAL) CAT SCAN!
Why is it better?
Conventional orthodontic x-rays have varying degrees of distortion and magnification error. The 3-D imaging system is 100% accurate with less radiation exposure! Compared to medical scanners, the iCAT imaging system is 10 times more accurate with 95% less radiation. Dental and medical professionals can easily share 3-D data using iCAT software.
What is it used for?
- Airway/sleep apnea assessments
- TMJ evaluations
- Precise location of impacted/extra teeth
- Evaluation for implant placement
- Treatment planning of surgical cases
While seated in an open, non-invasive environment, an 8-second scan (of which the x-ray is on for only 3.5 seconds) produces multi-dimensional images in one minute.
The type of radiation produced by the iCat is no different than that produced by any other x-ray machine. The real issue is the AMOUNT of radiation utilized for orthodontic diagnostic purposes. A 3D scan is recommended to provide the best in orthodontic care. A single scan provides more information than numerous digital x-rays. This helps with a precise individualized diagnosis so an effective treatment plan with optimal results can be designed for each patient. Before the iCat was introduced, the typical orthodontic diagnostic workup consisted of a Panorex, a Lateral Cephalogram (head film) and various periapical x-rays. One iCat scan replaces all of these x-rays with LESS radiation. Dr. Pincofski will NOT retake the 3D scan after the initial diagnosis has been made! Any follow-up x-ray is a digital Panorex (which the machine is also capable of producing).
There have been many patients who have been made aware of medical issues (not just dental issues) as a result of their children having received a 3D scan: issues that would not have been discovered with tradional x-rays! A few have even required surgical intervention. As you would expect in these cases, the parents are very grateful for this technology. We welcome the opportunity to dialogue with you about any concerns or questions you may have regarding how this technology used.