Cone beam 3D scanning is being integrated into the orthodontist's imaging protocol, and they want to improve and more accurately view the detailed spatial relationships of teeth, roots, TMJ, airways, sinuses, bones and all of them. With it, we can calculate the optimal direction of orthodontic force, determine anchoring requirements, obtain detailed airway measurement data, and access other details that affect the patient's teeth and body health. All of these data facilitate more accurate orthodontic treatment. However, there are doubts whether X-ray exposure will impair its ability to comply with ALARA's (as low as reasonably practicable) radiation plan. The answer is a loud "no". In fact, Cone Beam 3D scanning can be done with less exposure.
A new study by Dr. John Ludlow, one of the most important experts in X-ray dosimetry and dental imaging-related effective doses, showed that 3D information can be obtained with a lower radiation dose than traditional 2D imaging methods. Dr. Ludlow's dental instruments analysis indicated that the i-CAT® FLX QuickScan + scan allows the patient to receive an effective dose that is lower than the representative combined dose of modern 2D digital panoramic and skull radiographs.
When the QuickScan+ protocol can be used, they will provide clinically meaningful dose reductions.
The Ludlow study states, “We have demonstrated that the QuickScan+ protocol provides a dose reduction of approximately 87% compared to the standard exposure protocol in the children and adult models. Therefore, they will provide clinically meaningful use when using the QuickScan+ protocol. The dose is reduced. "
This study is also very important for orthodontists because measurements are performed for adults and children. The study continued: "The maximum fast-scanning dose (18 μSv) recorded in this study was used for 13 x 16 cm children's cephalometric scans. The background radiation dose in the United States was only two days. The complete FOV QuickScan + protocol was also less representative than Sex modern digital two-dimensional panoramic and combined doses of head radiographs (14-24 and 4μSv, respectively).
With i-CAT FLX dental equipment, orthodontists have the advantage of 3D imaging with less than half the radiation dose.