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Planmeca Viso: 'Flagship' CBCT Offers Premium Images and High-End Usability

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A “flagship” is defined as the ship in a fleet which carries the commanding admiral. So when Planmeca calls the new Planmeca Viso its “flagship CBCT unit,” authority is implied. Planmeca Viso represents the next big step forward in 3D imaging technology.

A leader has a versatile skill set and accordingly, Planmeca Viso offers 2D, 3D, and cephalometric imaging. It’s equipped with a large 25 cm x 30 cm flat-panel sensor that can capture 3 cm x 3 cm volumes up to 30 cm x 30 cm, and offers the industry’s largest single-scan volume of 30 cm x 19 cm, covering the entire maxillofacial area. Planmeca Viso offers 120 kV tube voltage for optimized image quality for challenging imaging cases, reducing artifacts and ensuring higher-contrast images.

The manufacturer calls Planmeca Viso “an ideal combination of premium image quality and high-end usability,” reflecting the fact that design enhancements in CBCT are twofold. There’s the design of the physical unit as well as the design and functionality of the accompanying software.

Unit Upgrades  

Planmeca has aimed to improve patient comfort with Planmeca Viso’s occipital support that provides stability without compromising patient comfort. This patient positioning device also provides an unimpeded view of facial tissue.

Patient positioning is done directly from the CBCT unit’s control panel utilizing four integrated cameras and a live patient view. Users can actually see the patient live from the control panel for flexible and precise FOV positioning. The touch panel allows the user to freely select the region of interest and adjust the height and width with the touch of a finger.

Software Enhancements

Planmeca Viso is also designed to incorporate the best of Planmeca’s 3D imaging technology to produce clear, diagnostically rich images by correcting motion, noise, and distortion caused by restorations while substantially reducing patient radiation dose. With Planmeca CALM, the CBCT analyzes and compensates for patient movement during a scan to provide improved images, and virtually eliminate retakes.

Additionally, all Planmeca CBCT units offer the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose imaging protocol, which allows clinicians to acquire 3D images at significantly lower effective patient doses without a statistical reduction in image quality. The Planmeca Viso CBCT can also be equipped with Planmeca ProCeph one-shot cephalostat.

For large institutions, Planmeca Viso offers the Planmeca PlanID connectivity option, which features an integrated RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking system for user and patient identification.

Applications

Planmeca Viso offers advanced technology to support some of the most difficult procedures involving dental implants, impacted teeth, corrective jaw surgery, cleft lip and cleft palate repair, facial infections and injury, and snoring/sleep apnea.

2D dental programs include a panoramic program with clear diagnostic imaging, adjustable angles and positions; true extraoral bitewings; TMJ lateral and periapical; 2D views with scout and preview images in 3D with the ability to save as a 2D view; and Planmeca ProCeph cephalostat (optional equipment).

3D dental programs include tooth with a localization of target area, teeth with an expanded view area, jaw, face, and skull. 3D ENT programs include nose, sinuses, middle ears, temporal bones, airways, and vertebrae.

Optional 3D specialty programs include Planmeca ProFace highly detailed 3D facial photos; braces protocol that offers optimized exposure settings for imaging patient with brackets when designing braces; Planmeca 4D Jaw Motion, offering real-time jaw movement in 3D; and model scans for impressions and plaster casts.

Overall, Planmeca allows users to stay on the cutting-edge, advancing their diagnostic capability, improving their efficiency, and enabling them to keep more procedures in-house, which contributes to return on investment.

To learn more, download the full brochure at www.planmeca.com/na/planmeca_viso/.

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