Choosing the Right CBCT Technology to Drive Practice Efficiencies

As practices look for ways to differentiate themselves and better meet the complete needs of their patients, many are looking to add capabilities when it comes to the treatments they offer.  Today’s dental market is facing significant challenges around acquiring and retaining clinical staff. Intuitive technology in a practice has been shown to aid in staff retention.

Increasingly, practices are looking for technologies that allow them to expand their patient offerings while also driving the efficiencies and productivity of their existing and often limited staffing resources. One such technology is cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), which captures images that reveal the underlying bone structure, nerve structure, and surrounding soft tissue of a patient’s anatomy in extraordinary detail.

Along with speed and visibility, CBCT scans also offer the benefit of fast scan times with minimal dose.

The detail revealed by a CBCT scan can enhance the diagnostic accuracy of procedures in a practice.  

When comparing CBCT systems, however, there are a few key features and functionality to look for:

Image Quality
You want your CBCT scans to capture high-quality images in intricate detail, but you also want them to capture a wide range of images at different angles for varying clinical needs.

Ease of Use for Staff
Most staff are pulled in a lot of directions. The easier, and more intuitive a CBCT is to use, the more it will be utilized. To that end, choose a solution that anyone in your practice can easily learn to operate.

Efficient and Helpful Software
Software, like DTX Studio™ Clinic from DEXIS, offers you an efficient way to organize, store, and use all your images. It also provides assisted intelligence to help doctors and staff.

Small Footprint
Today’s practices are busier than ever, and space is valuable. Look for a CBCT system that accommodates your existing office space without having to move equipment or furniture.

Flexible Field of View
While space and size are key considerations, you’ll also want a CBCT system that offers a wide range of field-of-view (FOV) options that capture images from a single tooth to an entire maxillofacial area

For Dr. Adam Beno, DMD, FICOI, the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPHTM OP 3DTM x-ray imaging system from DEXIS meets this checklist, and more.

“After researching various options, I decided to purchase the OP 3D x-ray imaging system,” explains Dr. Beno. “The OP 3D has really improved our workflow and patient care tremendously. We can capture a CBCT image that provides incredible detail and insight into a patient's situation that same day and relay our findings to them immediately. It has made our office much more efficient and allowed us to find and diagnose conditions that would not be evident on a 2D x-ray.”

While small enough to accommodate space-squeezed practices, the OP 3D offers exceptional FOV options, ranging from 5x5 cm to 6 x 9 cm to 9 X 11 cm to a 9 x 14 cm that captures the whole craniofacial area — making it ideal for TMJ diagnostics.

OP 3D additionally provides standard, pediatric and segmented panoramics along with bitewing and lateral-TMJ programs to cover a range of clinical needs. With fast scan times, the OP 3D minimizes radiation dosages while providing intuitive interfaces and automated sensor movements that support a smooth, efficient workflow.

“The user interface is sleek and simple to operate, and the unit will accommodate a wide range of patient types, including those in a wheelchair,” explains Dr. Beno. “Anyone in the office can easily learn to use it. The scout image that is displayed before taking the final image enables you to adjust the field of view and patient positioning as needed. This eliminates the need to retake the entire scan and reduces the occurrence of unnecessary radiation exposure.”

Adds Dr. Beno, “For these reasons and countless more, the OP 3D has exceeded my expectations.”

While there is a learning curve when it comes to using any CBCT technology, the OP 3D ranks high1 among doctors for ease of use. What’s more, DEXIS is committed to making sure doctors and their staff are confident and comfortable with their OP 3D system, which is why every purchase includes 3D treatment planning software plus eight hours of in-office training.

OP 3D also comes with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, and a special offer for 60 reports in 60 days. In partnership with BeamReaders, DEXIS provides 60 radiology reports in the first 60 days after purchasing an OP 3D unit to enhance practice’s radiological and diagnostic capabilities. One more reason to choose OP 3D for your CBCT technology.

If you’re looking to expand your patient care while improving treatment planning and workflow efficiencies, CBCT technology is worth looking into. Start your research by learning more about the OP 3D x-ray system today.

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