Dr. Andrew Bluhm, Dr. Steve Dorsch and Dr. Gene Vandervort are proud to use advanced tools to help our patients access more convenient and comfortable oral care. The i-CAT ™ cone beam scanner is an important diagnostic and treatment planning tool that we use for a variety of treatments. A leap above traditional 2D X-rays, the i-CAT scanner uses its advanced imaging to give us a 3-dimensional, digital and accurate representation of a person’s facial anatomy. This is the same information that is obtained by medical CAT scanners but in a way that produces less radiation exposure.
With our recent i-CAT upgrade, our team at Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can perform full-dentition 3D imaging at a dose lower than a 2D Panoramic X-ray with QuickScan+. This information can then be utilized and manipulated to aid in our diagnosis and treatment planning, which greatly increases accuracy during your procedure and ensures greater patient safety.
For some dental treatments, our surgeons can use the i-CAT scanner to perform virtual surgery on an exact replica of the patient, all before beginning any sort of actual surgical procedures. With this virtual surgery, we can also create useful surgical guides for your unique treatment plan. These benefits allow you to be more comfortable with a treatment recommendation, as well as provide a gentler and more conservative procedure. In fact, these virtual surgeries may even give our surgeons the perspective to eliminate invasive incisions that are necessary for traditional surgery.
I-CAT technology can be a great aid when it comes to diagnosing and planning treatments for mouth or jaw reconstruction; however, this amazing technology may be used in all types of procedures, including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth removal, trauma, and pathology.
To learn more about how our i-CAT cone beam imaging in Ashburn and Leesburg, Virginia, help treat you, we invite you to call Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today!