Why Do I Care About iCat?

Sometimes we dentists just can’t help ourselves. We are enthralled with the technology that becomes available to us. And sometimes our patients have to remind us that the benefits of a 3D, soft and hard tissue scan of the jaw, head, and neck aren’t immediately clear to them. I usually think of myself as a good educator, but when I get my hands on a tool like this, I get so excited, I completely geek out! Let me take a second to remedy that.

The Big Deal

CT scanning has been used in the medical field for years. Instead of the single beam traditional x-rays emit, a CT scanner emits a series of narrow beams. The images produced are far more detailed and actually three-dimensional. This advantage allows doctors to distinguish tissues inside a solid organ. But getting the scan can be inconvenient and cost prohibitive. Here’s what a traditional CT experience was like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx-0emi4m8s

Now, there is a CT scanner specifically designed for use in dentistry, and that is wonderful news.

The iCat FLEX is the newest and best in x-ray technology. It takes a precise, three-dimensional – and even two dimensional panoramas– for a clear picture of your head, not your entire body.

That’s cool on a number of levels.

First, because it has a smaller footprint, we can keep and use this device right here in our office – you don’t have to go to a hospital to have it done.

Second, you don’t have to lie down or get undressed for us to get a great image. All you have to do is sit on a stool while the machine does its work.

Plus, there are all these other terrific benefits:

Since the images are digital, and getting them is super fast,  you’ll be exposed to significantly lower radiation levels than with traditional x-ray technology.
We have increased insight to relieve discomfort associated with TMJ.
We can choose what we look at most closely, so you’ll have results you can trust absolutely.
To find out more about how the iCat CT technology can benefit you, give us a call today, or ask us about it at your next appointment.