i-CAT 3D Treatment Planning

Paciorek Orthodontics in Syracuse, NY uses the i-CAT 3D Scan to immediately produce a three-dimensional (3D) image of the jaws and teeth for all of our patients. It allows our doctors to quickly and precisely determine the exact movement of a patient’s teeth without the guesswork associated with two-dimensional traditional or digital X-rays.

While CT (computed tomography) imaging has been used in the medical field for over 30 years, it is becoming the new diagnostic tool of choice for orthodontic analysis, diagnosis and treatment planning due to the latest advancements in diagnostic technology such as the revolutionary  i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System. This technology can provide a quicker full scan of the head than traditional two-dimensional imaging, allowing orthodontists a better visualization of the hard and soft tissues of the craniofacial structures from several perspectives.

The i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System can immediately produce three-dimensional images in under one minute. This in-office, easy-to-use system provides your orthodontist a comprehensive view of all oral and maxillofacial structures, dramatically increasing the efficiency with which your orthodontist is able diagnose your condition and plan for your treatment.

Our i-CAT emits 95% less radiation than traditional hospital-based CT scan machines. We use it to provide more accurate results for many orthodontic problems including impacted or missing permanent teeth and other dental abnormalities.

We also perform an airway study from the scan to assess nasal obstructions such as enlarged adenoids and tonsils, deviation of nasal septum, and swollen nasal tissues. Diagnosis of mouth breathing habits due to nasal obstructions is extremely important because of the adverse affect on proper jaw growth.

Anatomy we once guessed at is now clearly visible to the naked eye with the i-CAT, enabling us to design a complete treatment plan that takes into account all factors braces affect. This level of detail in planning leads to the most beautiful smile possible for our patients.

i-CAT technology is used for:

  • TMJ assessment
  • Surgical planning
  • Assessment of cleft lip and palates
  • Assessment of the alveolar bone
  • Impacted tooth position
  • Facial analysis
  • Tongue size and posture
  • Airway assessment
  • Placement of dental implants