At Neil Starr DDS PC, we strive to provide you with the best possible oral treatments. To achieve this goal, we utilize some of the most advanced diagnostic tools available. This technology allows us to provide you with more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment plans. One of the diagnostic tools we use is 3D imaging with ICAT technology.
What Is 3D Imaging?3D imaging is a type of digital imaging technology (which means low-radiation). The technology used for 3D imaging is similar to that of a digital x-ray, and the images produced are similar to those produced by a traditional CT scan. 3D imaging utilizes a cone-shaped x-ray beam, which rotates a complete 360-degrees around your head. As the cone rotates, it takes several images. Once your scan is complete, all of the images are strung together to create one single 3-Dimensional image. It shows us your teeth, bones, soft tissues, and your nerves. With this image, we can create a more accurate diagnosis, and formulate more effective treatment plans.
Uses for 3D ImagingThere are multiple uses for a 3D image, including:
Getting Your ScanThere is minimal preparation that needs to be done before getting your scan. We will advise you to remove all jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, and any other facial piercings. You will need to remove any metallic hair accessories, including clips, pins, and hair bands with metal clasps. If you wear hearing aids or glasses, these will need to be removed as well.
When you are ready, you sit at the machine and place your chin on the chin rest. We will make any necessary adjustments, which will allow us to capture the best possible image. Once the scan begins, it is important that you remain completely still. The scan will take less than 60 seconds, and is completely painless. It then only takes a few more seconds for your 3D image to appear on our computer monitor, ready for reading.
Benefits of 3D Imaging3D imaging has several benefits:
With 3D imaging, we can greatly improve the quality of your care, and provide you with more effective treatments to optimize your oral health. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, call Neil Starr DDS PC today at (202) 897-0015.
Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC
1234 19th Street N.W. #306
Washington, DC 20036