Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 03/21/2013
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Introducing the new i-CAT FLX Cone Beam 3D system, designed to provide greater flexibility in scanning, planning, and treatment.


No longer a high-tech hard-to-come-by diagnostic luxury, 3D cone-beam imaging is now standard of care in some dental disciplines, particularly implantology. The latest guidelines issued by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) name cone-beam CT as the preferred method of pre-surgical assessment of dental implant sites.

"The literature appears to support that cross-sectional imaging, best achieved with cone-beam CT, is beneficial,? said Donald Tyndall, DDS, MSPH, PhD, and Director of Radiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. ?That is why we are recommending it for any implant site.?
Cone-beam CT also has become an indispensable tool for planning a range of restorative, surgical, endodontic, orthodontic, and TMD and airway disorder cases.
The first major technology upgrade in years debuted at the recent Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting?the new i-CAT FLX. Its array of cutting-edge features are intended to improve clarity, ease of use, and control as well as to enhance scanning flexibility and to reduce radiation exposure. These benefits translate into highly effective treatment planning and surgical predictability.

Image and Exposure Control

The i-CAT FLX offers exceptionally flexible, clinically driven imaging control. The desired field-of-view can be targeted on each patient while minimizing the radiation dose. The i-CAT FLX also maximizes user control over workflow and the scanning process. Field-of-view, dose, and resolution all can be customized.

Proprietary Features

Several innovative features are integrated into the i-CAT FLX. Visual iQuity image technology provides i-CAT?s clearest images. The QuickScan+ feature reduces scan time, resulting in a full-dentition 3D scan at a lower dose than a panoramic image.For control and flexibility, SmartScan STUDIO?s guided-workflow touchscreen interface and integrated acquisition system simplifies selection of the appropriate scan for each patient at the lowest acceptable (ALARA) radiation dose. It allows the clinician to choose from pre-set scan protocols and/or customize user-generated presets for simple and fast scanning.Dramatically reducing retakes, the i-CAT FLX Ergonomic Stability System (ESS) offers seated positioning, robust head stability, and adjustable seating controls to minimize patient movement. ESS also enables easy access for patients in wheelchairs.The i-Collimator electronically adjusts the field-of-view to limit radiation only to the area of scanning interest.

Proven Software

As with all i-CAT products, the i-CAT FLX system uses Tx STUDIO optimized treatment planning software, which combines the power of multiple software systems into one simple-to-use solution. Tx STUDIO provides immediate access to integrated treatment tools for implant planning, surgical guides, and other applications. Designed in conjunction with Anatomage exclusively for i-CAT, Tx STUDIO leverages the benefits of both anatomy imaging/software and cone-beam 3D technology.