Cone-beam CT poised to play new role in periodontics

By Kathy Kincade – editor in chief of Dr. Bicuspid

Drs. Rosenfeld and Mandelaris shared their thoughts on the evolving role of periodontists in interdisciplinary dentistry and their recent experiences with cone-beam CT in their practice, which they believe will open up new diagnostic and treatment opportunities for periodontists.

DrBicuspid: How long have you been working with 3D imaging in your practice?

Alan Rosenfeld, DDS

Alan Rosenfeld, DDS

Dr. Rosenfeld and Dr. Mandelaris: Since 1988. Our initial foray into the use of medical-grade CT imaging was strictly hospital-based, but this was very inconvenient for our patients to be imaged on a timely basis. That changed over time to being able to obtain CT images from imaging centers.

The Carestream 9300 is our first involvement with cone-beam CT on a regular basis. We have been working with it since June and are the first practice in the U.S. to have it. We decided to work with this machine because it offered the greatest variation of imaging possibilities for our patients. Depending on our diagnostic inquiry, we can limit exposure to specific areas of concern for the patient. For a long time we were caught in a quandary between the high quality of images we see with medical-grade CT and what we can obtain with cone-beam CT. So the ability to get equivalent images with substantial reduction in radiation exposure to patients was a primary motivator to adopt the cone-beam CT technology.

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