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Detailed anatomical information and optimal patient doses with Planmeca ProMax® 3D X-ray units

Blog post   •   May 25, 2016 10:29 UTC

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has quickly become the new standard of care in digital dentistry. The 3D imaging technique provides a vast array of invaluable information compared to traditional 2D panoramic X-rays. CBCT images allow dental professionals to gather a perfectly detailed 3D view of a patient’s anatomy with a single scan – revealing intricate structures that otherwise remain hidden.

True all-in-one units

The Planmeca ProMax® 3D family consists of five industry-defining CBCT units, all top-of-the-line in their respective market segments. Each Planmeca ProMax 3D unit has been designed to meet the strictest of requirements in maxillofacial imaging. They are the only X-ray devices on the market to bring a CBCT image, a 3D face photo and a 3D model scan together into one 3D image. This unique combination of 3D data is utilised to create a virtual patient to assist in various clinical purposes, such as treatment planning, implantology and other restorative treatments.

Planmeca ProMax 3D all-in-one units support three different types of 3D imaging, and also extraoral bitewing, cephalometric and digital panoramic imaging. This flexibility between 2D and 3D allows clinics to optimise their imaging procedures, and select the techniques that work best with each case – at an optimal patient dose.

See more at a lower dose

As dental imaging continues to evolve, questions regarding reduced doses and patient safety are set to take on an ever-increasing role. According to the well-known ALARA principle, imaging doses must be kept as low as reasonably achievable; patients must not be exposed to a higher dosage than needed to acquire images of sufficient diagnostic quality.

The effective patient dose of CBCT imaging is closely related to the protocol used for scanning. Planmeca has established itself as the industry leader in pioneering ultra low dose imaging. The innovative Planmeca Ultra Low Dose protocol available in all Planmeca ProMax 3D X-ray units reduces the effective patient dose in CBCT imaging significantly – without a statistical reduction in diagnostic image quality. At best this means lowering patient doses to levels below even that of traditional 2D panoramic imaging.

With Planmeca ProMax 3D units and the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose protocol, patients can benefit from CBCT imaging and three-dimensional diagnostic accuracy with a significantly lower patient dose than in traditional imaging.

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