Digital Radiography

i-CAT produces high definition 3D diagnostic images for ultimate treatment efficiency. The 3-D imaging system is 100% accurate with less radiation exposure than a normal panoramic dental x-ray.

i-CAT FLX 3-D Imaging System

We are pleased to inform patients and clinicians that we have the new i-CAT FLX 3D Imaging System. This is a full dentition 3D imaging system at a lower dose than a 2D Panoramic X-ray.

Patients today are better-informed than ever and take a more active role in their health care. This breakthrough technology enables patients to better understand their treatment options.

What is it?

3-D Imaging is the new frontier for digital x-ray: designed specifically to visualize the head and jaws. It's the difference between viewing a photo of a patients head and going inside and taking a virtual tour! THIS IS NOT THE SAME TECHNOLOGY AS A MEDICAL (HOSPITAL) CAT SCAN!

Why is it better?

Conventional orthodontic x-rays have varying degrees of distortion and magnification error. The 3-D imaging system is 100% accurate with less radiation exposure! Compared to medical scanners, the iCAT imaging system is 10 times more accurate with 95% less radiation. Dental and medical professionals can easily share 3-D data using iCAT software.

What is it used for?

  • Airway/sleep apnoea assessments
  • TMJ evaluations
  • Precise location of impacted/extra teeth
  • Evaluation for implant placement
  • Treatment planning of surgical cases

While seated in an open, non-invasive environment, an 8-second scan (of which the x-ray is on for only 3.5 seconds) produces multi-dimensional images in one minute.

iCat/Radiology Facts

The type of radiation produced by the iCat is no different than that produced by any other x-ray machine. The real issue is the AMOUNT of radiation utilized for orthodontic diagnostic purposes. The reason I recommend a 3D scan is to provide the best in orthodontic care. A single scan gives me more information than I can gather from numerous digital x-rays. This helps me with a precise individualized diagnosis so that I can better plan the treatment for optimal results for each patient. Before we introduced the iCat into our practice, the typical orthodontic diagnostic workup consisted of a Panorex, a Lateral Cephalogram (head film) and various periapical x-rays. One iCat scan replaces all of these x-rays with LESS radiation. In our office, we do NOT retake the 3D scan after the initial diagnosis has been made! Any follow-up x-ray is a digital Panorex (which the machine is capable of producing at a reduced setting).

There have been many patients who have been made aware of medical issues (not just dental issues) as a result of their children having received a 3D scan: issues that would not have been discovered with tradional x-rays! A few have even required surgical intervention. As you would expect in these cases, the parents are very grateful for this technology. We welcome the opportunity to dialogue with you about any concerns or questions you may have regarding how we use this technology in our practice.

  • Full dentition 3D imaging at a dose lower than a 2D Panoramic X-ray with QuickScan+
  • Visual iQuity™ advanced image technology delivers i-CAT’s clearest 3D and 2D images
  • Easy-to-use, guided workflow with the SmartScan STUDIO™ touchscreen interface
  • Capture traditional 2D panoramic images with the i-PAN™ feature
  • Ergonomic Stability System to minimize patient movement and reduce the need for retakes