Gendex Cone Beam Radiography ? The Clinical and Financial Rewards
When thinking about the equipment that has revolutionized my practice, the GXCB-500 Cone Beam system immediately comes to mind. The ability to capture 3D images in my office significantly improves the dental implant experience for both myself and my patients.
Efficiency in Information Gathering
Implants are a major focus of my practice, which is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a city with a population of about 100,000 people. Anywhere from 85% to 90% our practice production is implant related, with approximately 100 referring dentists within a 150-mile radius sending patients to us.
Before I implemented in-office 3D imaging, patients who were referred from 100 miles away had to spend quite a bit of time and effort on travel. During a patient?s first visit (without in-house CBCT technology), I would address questions regarding possible treatment options, and then, send him or her to an imaging center for 3D scans. After the scans were returned, the patient would make a second trip to my office for diagnosis and treatment options. At that point (if the patient accepted treatment), we would schedule a third appointment to begin the implant process.
With the GXCB-500, the patient receives the scan in my office within 30 seconds. In addition to the information that the CAT scans provide, I use Invivo5 (Anatomage) treatment planning software to illustrate treatment options. All of this usually takes about 50 minutes. To maintain communication with the referring dentist, I can take a screenshot of the scan to send to him or her, or I can send the entire scan with the i-CATVison software. After the patient accepts treatment, we are ready to schedule surgery.
Precise Information at the Start
Without 3D imaging, I had to discuss the various scenarios that could arise, using information from less detailed radiographs. The ?what-ifs? during consultations often led to doubt and treatment delays. Patients don?t want me to be surprised during surgery with an ?unforeseen? anatomical issue. When patients have a chance to see their actual case on the screen, they are more eager to begin treatment quickly. They also appreciate that the GXCB-500 exposes them to less radiation than medical CT scans. Since I have this scanner, case acceptance rates have increased from 45% to 50% to 70% to 80%.
The detailed information garnered from these scans has resulted in a whole new approach to diagnosis and patient education. My treatment planning software allows me to use the scanned information for applications such as virtual teeth placement visualization, bone density assessment, alveolar nerve identification, and implant proximity detection. I can scroll through different views, turning the image in any direction and taking precise measurements.
The Bottom Line
My GXCB-500 has brought more efficient changes to my practice. Educated patients accept treatment more readily; I can make effective diagnosis and treatment decisions, and informed colleagues keep the referrals flowing. The benefits extend into the consultation and operatory rooms, beyond the office to my patients? homes, and to other dental offices. I am grateful, indeed, for my improved ability to provide the best patient care and treatment planning available.