CBCT: How to Elevate Your Practice with Better Diagnostics
STUDIO CITY, Calif. October 4, 2013 ? Louis Kaufman, DDS, spent 3 years researching cone beam technology before he incorporating this practice-elevating technology. He shared his journey, and the wisdom he learned along the way, with the attendees of Dental Learning?s Updates in Contemporary Dentistry. With tips on integration, training, and return on investment, Dr. Kaufman offered clinicians a road map to incorporating CBCT in their practices.
Aspiring to Better Patient Care
Dr. Kaufman started his presentation by explaining his desire to provide the best patient care, while also making life easier for his staff. Before getting into cone beam, he told the audience about how he uses patient relaxation products and isolation/illumination systems as 2 such examples where clinicians can improve their level of care.
With CBCT, a dentist can improve care, generate referrals, and increase office efficiency. However, it is a steep investment that can seem imposing. CBCT offers a number of benefits: facilitating patient communication, virtual implant and crown planning, fracture detection, TMD, and other diagnostic uses and is quickly becoming a standard of care in implant planning. Adding these services and doing them better is why Dr. Kaufman embraced CBCT and incorporated it into his office.
As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA)
Dr. Kaufman addressed the concerns of radiation rose with respect to CBCT, explaining the concept of ALARA, or doing everything you can to minimize radiation exposure for patients.
He said that average dose for a CBCT, depending on field of view, is between 4-270 ?Sv, compared to 100 ?Sv for the average 2D dental x-ray. Dr. Kaufman compared this dose to the 40 ?Sv received on a flight from New York to LA and the 3,600 ?Sv the average American receives in a year, showing that dental CBCT are of minimal risk and can even help lower radiation in some cases. He also reminded the audience that 2D is still the preferred diagnostic method, and to only us 3D CBCT when it is deemed necessary.
Dr. Kaufman then spoke about the training required to take full advantage of your new technological investment. He recommended closing the office for a half day to schedule training time with your support team, and then spending the second half of the day using the CBCT with patients. He said that it is wise to make sure the company you choose to buy from has online videos and will send out staff for continued training when you get new employees or simply need help.
Dr. Kaufman also recommended taking extra time looking at the radiographs to get good at reading them. ?It will take time, but you will get good at it,? said Dr. Kaufman as he explained how he would take radiographs home with him to practice.
Recouping Your Investment
Dr. Kaufman explained to the audience that all of the new procedures that the practice can perform will help the CBCT pay for itself in a few years. Afterward, the practice is benefitting from a new profit source, as well as elevating the level of care for their patients.
He also said it is important to educate your referral network, local hospitals, and current patients. In addition, it is important to update the practice?s website to reflect the new CBCT services available.
In a separate interview with Dental Learning, Dr. Kaufman said that he ended up purchasing Planmeca?s ProMax 3D for its ability to offer CBCT and traditional 2D radiographs in a single unit. He also said he uses VivioSites to help him maintain his practice website and handle his social media. In this same interview, he mentioned that he and his staff prefer to use the Isolite I2 System for isolation, access, and visibility in the oral cavity.