PennWell Dental Community
Wow! I wrote this in 2008 apparently. Lots has changed since then. I am grateful to be in a dental practice that believes in utilizing technology for all their patients. A 3D Cone Beam has literally saved my life. Our practice purchased the iCat at the end of 2011 and I was one of the initial staff members they practiced on. From those findings, I was sent to an ENT who thought he was removing a polyp. Instead, he removed a portion of an olefactory neuroblastoma (cancer in the sinus cavity). I since had a second surgery followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Have not yet returned for a final pet scan to determine my outcome after radiation, but feeling very blessed. Our office now uses the iCat as our pano and screenings for implants, ortho, TMJ, Sleep Apnea and many other useful diagnoses. Medical billing has become a much larger part of our practice now and are getting varied results. My next movement to assist our patients is utilizing their medical insurances for perio patients who are pregnant or have other health issues (i.e. diabetes). What's become so rewarding with the use of our iCat is not just these diagnoses but many more and what a benefit to many of our patients who maybe will come to the dentist, but not their medical physician. If you aren't using an iCat or similar equipment, please look consider it!