Cone-Beam computed tomography at the ITI World Symposium 2014

· Morita informs about the benefits of CBCT in implant dentistry

Three days, one field, plenty of valuable practical knowledge: From 24 to 26 April, implantology specialists from around the globe met in Geneva for the ITI World Symposium 2014. Several thousand dentists, oral surgeons and dental technicians were updated on the current state of the art. Some 40 leading international experts presented on important issues surrounding new and established treatment concepts and therapeutic options. Many of the participants were particularly interested in Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Morita, the established, family-owned performance leader in this field, had enlisted experts and information material to inform about the future of CBCT in oral implantology.

At the three-day scientific event organized by the International Team for Implantology (ITI), X-ray specialist Morita moved the focus to CBCT, highlighting the benefits of the technology in clinical implantological practice. Participants were able to get some preliminary first-hand information at Morita’s pre-symposium Corporate Forum. Professor Dr. Michael M. Bornstein, head of the Section of Dental Radiology and Stomatology at the Department of Oral Surgery and Stomatology, University of Bern, spoke on “Indications and recommendations for CBCT imaging in implant dentistry” - explaining how immensely valuable this technology is. In particular oral implantologists benefit from the detailed three-dimensional visualization facilitated by state-of-the-art CBCT devices in evaluating the extent of nature of the bony implant bed or to literally get a closer look at sensitive structures such as nerves or the maxillary sinuses. CBCT delivers an exact representation of these areas, promoting diagnostic accuracy as well as treatment planning and intraoperative navigation. It also provides more easily comprehensible information to patients by clearly documenting their oral status.

So implantologists can take full advantage of these and other technical advances, Morita offers the 3D Accuitomo 170 CBCT unit and the 3D Veraviewepocs R100 multifunctional unit – two advanced solutions that deliver precise and detailed images at reduced radiation levels. Both the structure of the bone and very delicate structures such as the mandibular nerves are represented accurately. These systems afford the clinician a close look at the baseline situation, facilitate the diagnostic process and effectively assist preoperative planning and implant positioning. In addition, innovations such as the unique Reuleaux field of view imaging format of the 3D Veraviewepocs R100 reduce the radiation dose, increasing patient and user safety. In addition to innovative hardware solutions, Morita offers oral implantologists intelligent software. Data are managed by the proven i-Dixel software that not only allows practitioners and their teams to process images but also to explain the planned course of treatment to patients based on the on-screen images. Morita thus offers a versatile range of products for achieving the desired treatment goals.

The wide range of CBCT benefits has been documented in a scientifically sound and highly descriptive brochure entitled “The relevance of CBCT for implant dentistry” by Prof. Dr. Daniel Buser and Prof. Dr. Michael M. Bornstein that presents numerous clinical case studies on 36 pages. During the Symposium it was available at the Morita booth – an offer gladly accepted by many visitors.

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