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Radiology

Modern X-ray diagnostics

X-ray diagnostics are very important in the dental practice. Many diseases/lesions and other related dental problems start underneath the gums, in the jawbone. In order to detect these problems, dentists often use X-rays to get a better view. The obtained information serves as a base to set up a good and targeted diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

 

Over the years, the X-ray technology has seen significant developments, such as the digitization of the X-ray equipment, more sensitive sensors, and a more targeted radiation. All these improvements have resulted in a drastic reduction of the amount of radiation that is required with the modern X-ray equipment.

One of the most recent developments is the substantial reduction of the amount of X-rays that are needed to make a CBCT scan (Cone Beam CT). Such a scan will give the dentist a better insight into the situation without any invasive treatment. A CBCT scan offers the practitioner a 3D image which gives much more information compared with the 2D images that are obtained with conventional X-ray photos. CBCT is only used when there is a proper indication.

 

What is CBCT

Cone beam computed tomography (or CBCT, also called C-arm CT, cone beam CT, volume or flat panel CT) is a medical imaging technology consisting of X-ray computer tomography whereby the X-rays diverge and form a cone. CBCT has become increasingly important in the planning of larger and specific diagnoses and treatments. CBCT scanners are now used in dentistry as a non-invasive medium in the area of, amongst other things: endodontics, orthodontics, implantology, diagnostics, and trauma.

When making the scan, the CBCT scanner rotates around the patient’s head, similar to the process of making a 2D dental panoramic radiograph. This creates different images. The scanning software collects the data and reconstructs these to a digital volume consisting of 3D voxels with anatomical information which can then be manipulated and visualized with the use of special software.

When your specific situation gives an indication for a CBCT scan, then the dentist or dental specialist will discuss the reason with you in detail. You will be given all the information you need and we will answer all your questions. It takes between 1.98 and 14 seconds to make the scan. Afterwards, the image is carefully studied and analyzed by a specialist.

If you have been referred to us for a CBCT scan, your dentist or dental specialist will receive a report containing the images and the reply to the question or issue.

 

Meet our new 3D equipment

After extensive research of the various existing CBCT scans, we have chosen to use the new Carestream model, the CS8100 3D.

The biggest advantages of this model are:

• the option to make both 2D and 3D images, so it can be used for simple cases, as well as for very complex cases within dental care;
• various image sizes: from medium-sized for implantology purposes, periodontics, and surgical purposes, and small for endodontics;
• low dose of radiation and ultra-high resolution (up to 75pm);
• very clear imaging with high contrast;
• 3D*reconstructions help to explain the problem and treatment to the patient;
• user-friendly software for easy image analysis;
• data can be easily shared with colleagues via, for example, email or Dropbox.

 

A. Feiz Barazandeh – Dentist-Endodontist Accredited by the NVvE.
Referral Practice Belgisch Park
Stevinstraat 176-178
2587 ET The Hague
Phone: +31 (0)70-7670080
Email: info®vpbp.nl
website: www.vpbp.nl