CT Scan Q & A


 

Before Dr. Vladimir Potepalov performs surgery, he will be equipped with up-to-date knowledge regarding the possible conditions located under soft tissue within the oral cavity.

Three-dimensional data generated by cone beam computed tomography (CT Scan) technology offers a ‘surgical view’ or slices of the entire field of view from the front, side and under the patient. CT scans assist with determining the bone structure, tooth orientation, nerve canals, and pathology; that in some cases may preclude the necessity for a surgical procedure.

Dentists and other medical professionals ascribe to the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) protocol concerning radiation levels. This protocol guides practitioners to expose patients to the least amount of radiation possible while still gaining the most pertinent information for proper diagnosis. For example, for dentists placing implants, having this information beforehand is imperative to determining anatomical variations that can affect the procedure’s success or failure.

The average medical CT scan of the oral and maxillofacial area can reach levels of 1200-3300 microsieverts, the measurement of radiation absorbed by the body’s tissue. These significant levels are attributed to the method of exposing tissues to radiation.

 As technology continues to evolve, the possibilities for improved dental care can only increase. Increased software compatibility with surgical guides and orthodontic applications has made CT scans an imperative for Dr. Vladimir Potepalov’s office.

Dr. Vladimir Potepalov believes that with knowledge comes a responsibility to provide patients with the best dental care in the safest way possible — a dental CT scan accomplishes this goal.

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