The CS 8100 3D also delivers enhanced image quality through an algorithm change that updates the preset exposure parameters on all 3D programs. The parameters have been modified to maximize diagnostic effectiveness while maintaining adherence to ALARA.
In regards to hardware updates, a new 3D bite block has been designed to better position more posteriorly in the mouth, such as for third molars more centrally in the field of view when acquiring 5 cm x 5 cm exams. The new 3D bite block is offset both forward and laterally, as opposed to the standard 3D bite blocks, so larger patients can be imaged more effectively.
CS 8100 3D 5 cm x 5 cm scan of mandibular left posterior with finding of buccal fenestration and periradicular lesion (tooth No. 20)
For extraoral bitewing positioning (and for panoramic X-rays), images often show large differences in head positioning from one patient to another; heads are tilted too far back, while others are too far forward. Improper positioning generates blurriness and deformations in the anterior region of the jaw. To address this, a new Frankfort guide bite block combines the existing 3D bite block design and the existing panoramic bite block to align the patient automatically with the Frankfort horizontal plane for optimal positioning of the anterior region of the jaw, thus ensuring optimal sharpness in this area.
Of course, with so many updates and advancements, Carestream Dental has equipped its 3D users with resources to help them take full advantage of their system. An educational web page, carestreamdental.com/learn3d, includes many helpful videos. It also now features four all-new how-to videos focused on capturing and sharing images as well as customizing and sharing one-click reports. This focus on education not only allows endodontists to continue to take advantage of new features or expand upon their current features, but also helps their referring doctors easily access diagnostic information on mutual patients.
All endodontists strive to practice at the highest level and offer the best patient care. When they invest in the CS 8100 3D, they’re ensuring that their technology advances just as quickly as their own workflow and changing industry standards.