Since December 2007, Manchester Oral Surgery has had an “in-office,” Sirona Galileos Cone Beam CT Scanner. This advanced technology allows us to obtain high definition, three-dimensional digital radiographic images of the jaws and face on our patients. Prior to the availability of this technology, all in-office dental imaging was performed in two dimensions. By adding the third dimension, Dr. Abel has markedly improved diagnostic capabilities within our office setting at a fraction of the cost and reduced radiation exposure compared to traditional hospital-based CT imaging. The high-resolution volumetric images obtained by the Cone Beam CT scanner allow Dr. Abel to plan for dental implants or to assess what’s going inside a patient’s jaw bones, thereby taking the “guess work” away.
Sirona, the manufacturer of our Cone Beam CT Scanner and an industry leader in Cone Beam CT technology, has made our machine such that it takes a full scan in less than 20 seconds. This decreases radiation exposure to our patients. The scans are taken with the patient in a seated position and holding onto handles to decrease motion. The scanner is in an open area, unlike hospital-based CT scanners and MRI machines, which are associated with causing a “claustrophobic” environment. All initial CT scans obtained in our office are “officially read” by a radiologist to ensure they are comprehensively evaluated.
Finally, we are proud to have this state-of-the-art technology in our office and look forward to its use for the benefit of our patients and their referring doctors.