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The Pan Duo CBCT unit used by DSS was launched at the Cologne Dental Show 2009 and was the first variable field of view unit commercially available.
The scanning time ranges from 14 seconds to 22 seconds and the images are prepared, formatted and ready for use within four minutes, compared with hospital CT which introduces a far higher radiation dose and can take a week or more to be delivered in a useable format to the referring clinician.
The unit is linked to the technical base via broadband technology for software upgrades and diagnostics to ensure that the client receives the very best and latest in technological advancement.
The Pan Duo CBCT features Auto-Switching technology to allow switching between panoramic and CT sensors, without doing it manually. Pan Duo allows the advanced 3D scan for patients, but can quickly rotate for a 2D scan.
Benefits of CBCT
CBCT offers accuracy in implant case planning. To place an implant accurately in bone the surgeon requires to know the height, width and depth of the bone available and also be able to identify important structures like nerves, blood vessels and the sinus. Two dimensional x-rays cannot give this accurate detail so without a 3-D x-ray there is an element of "educated" guesswork, which these days carry an unacceptable risk for the patient.
The 3-D image allows the clinician the certainty of precise planning in three planes, knowing where important structures like nerves are (in green above) so they can be avoided.
The picture top right is a standard dental view called an Orthopantomograph (OPG) or Dental pantomagraph (DPT). These images give 2D information. The seven slices below relate to the “slices” on the same image indicated top right. Now it is possible to see the width of bone available in this area which cannot be assessed with an OPT or DPT.
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