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GALILEOS 3D cone beam digital radiography system combines a low radiation dosage with superior image quality.

Introduced by Sirona at the 2007 Chicago Dental Society MidWinter Meeting, the GALILEOS was one of the first 3D imaging systems to feature complete interaction between hardware and software. According to the manufacturer, this interactivity provides users with a single source for diagnostics, planning, and treatment.

The GALILEOS is available in 2 versions: the GALILEOS Comfort is intended for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, dental clinics, private clinics, and orthodontists; the GALILEOS Compact is designed for use by general practitioners and oral surgeons and in dental implant practices. The GALILEOS Compact includes many of the features found with the GALILEOS Comfort at a lower price.

Image Quality

According to Sirona, GALILEOS uses cone beam volumetric imaging to produce high-quality images using the lowest possible dose of radiation. When the 8 dentists who participated in this evaluation were asked to rate the GALILEOS on image quality, 7 rated it as excellent and 1 rated it as very good. One evaluator described the image quality as “great.” Another evaluator said, “I have [other] images on a 3rd party software, and GALILEOS is clearly the best.”

Anatomical Accuracy

GALILEOS displays 3D images and allows for clear navigation similar to panoramic, cephalometric, and transversal slice acquisition displays. According to the manufacturer, this feature provides the user with increased diagnostic flexibility and better clinical workflow.
The evaluators were asked to rate the GALILEOS on anatomical accuracy. Seven rated it as excellent and 1 rated it as very good. One evaluator described the anatomical accuracy as “outstanding; very useful in everyday clinical situations.” Another evaluator said he finds “no distortion” when using the GALILEOS.

Patient Comfort

With the GALILEOS 3D radiography system, patients are positioned so that they face outward during imaging. In addition, Sirona has patented a pivoting arm for precise positioning. The manufacturer describes the patient positioning with GALILEOS as faster, simpler, and more reliable than other panoramic equipment.
Six of the evaluators rated GALILEOS as excellent for patient comfort, 1 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good. One evaluator noted that a “small percentage of patients are too large to get a good scan,” similar to what is found with other typical panoramic imaging systems.

Staff Satisfaction and Ease of Use

When the evaluators were asked to rate the GALILEOS on staff satisfaction, 7 rated it as excellent and 1 rated it as good. One evaluator said, “In less than 1 hour, all my staff could obtain good quality scans.”
When asked about ease of use, 7 evaluators rated the GALILEOS as excellent and 1 rated it as very good. “Staff training [to take an image] takes less than 5 minutes and is basically idiot proof,” said one evaluator. Another evaluator described the ease of use as “excellent, as with all Sirona products.”

Software Ease of Use and Integration

The complete GALILEOS system in - cludes the 3D x-ray equipment, IT package with a reconstruction and control unit, GALAXIS 3D diagnostic software, and GALILEOS Implant software for virtual implant planning and ordering surgical guides. This package also includes all required software licenses and unlimited 3D Viewer stations.
During the evaluation, the dentists who participated were asked to rate GALILEOS on software ease of use and integration. Six rated it as excellent and 2 rated it as very good. One evaluator described the software as “super easy.” Another evaluator described it as “very intuitive.” A third evaluator said that the software is “much better than the others that I have used.”

Overall Satisfaction

When the evaluators were asked if they would recommend GALILEOS to colleagues, they all said definitely. They all also said they would definitely or probably purchase a GALILEOS in the future. When asked to give their overall satisfaction rating, 6 rated it as excellent and 2 rated it as very good. “I don’t know how I ever got along with out it,” one evaluator said when asked about the ability of the GALILEOS to aid in treatment planning. When asked about his return on investment, one evaluator said, “Outstanding. I cover the lease payments and turn a profit every month. And the wow factor brings in new patients.”


The GALILEOS 3D imaging system with new cone beam technology goes beyond traditional diagnostics and treatment capabilities by generating a large volume 3D image set.

The 3D image set is processed and presented in the new GALAXIS software. GALAXIS works in conjunction with GALILEOS to provide new options for preoperative planning and enables clear navigation and diagnosis in the traditional panoramic, cephalometric, and cross-sectional images.

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