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imaging referral form
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imaging services overview
Our state of the art CT scanner can offer colleagues a variety of views from conventional OPTs to Lateral Cephs for orthodontic diagnosis. In its 3-d mode, close examination of the single tooth for root fractures and other pathology, to sectional CT scans for implant planning to full arch scan formore complex cases.
cone beam CT scanning
CBCT has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnosis in implant dentistry. Among other things, CBCT scanners are now finding many uses in dentistry, such as in the fields of oral surgery, endodontics and orthodontics.
During dental imaging, the CBCT scanner rotates around the patient's head, obtaining up to nearly 600 distinct images. The scanning software collects the data and reconstructs it, producing a 3D digital image that can then be manipulated and visualized with specialized software to plan a patientÕs treatment.
Some practitioners may want to refer patients for OPT radiographs. These can be processed and emailed to the practice quickly and now with crystal clear quality.
our ct scanner
state of the art imaging
frequently asked question about Cone Beam CT Scans
Where is the Imaging scanning centre?
New Park House Referral Centre, Brassey Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7FA
What is the use of a dental, maxillofacial or head & neck CT scan to my dentist?
A The CT scan gives referring dentists a detailed two-dimensional and three -dimensional images of the anatomy of interest. These can then be used in conjunction with clinical examinations and medical notes to inform clinical decisions and assessments related to diagnosis and treatment.
Is a CT scan different from conventional X-rays?
Routine x-rays are two-dimensional. These x-rays are often distorted, and they cannot depict the thickness of your bone. A CT Scan, on the other hand, illustrates the actual make-up of the bone and provides three-dimensional and cross-sectional views of the anatomy. In this sense, it gives a lot more than conventional x-rays, hence helping the referrer prepare better for treatment or surgery.
What will happen to me during the scan?
You do not need to prepare for the CT scan. You may be asked to remove any jewellery from your head and neck, so that it does not interfere with the study. Once in the examination room, all that you have to do is to sit on the CT chair (or stand). Your head will be comfortably cushioned on a rest to hold your head: it is important that you remain very still during the scan to have as clear pictures as possible. The radiographer will explain each stage before it happens. You will not feel anything. There is no contra indication for patients with pace makers with respect to the x-ray procedure. Female patients should tell the radiographer if they are likely to be pregnant.
When will my referrer get the results?
After the scan the radiographer will send the data to your referrer. You can also get a copy of the scan if you wish.
What about the radiation aspects?
We are constantly working to keep radiation dose to a minimum. The radiation dose received varies from patient to patient but is typically in the range of 1 to 50 microSv. To put this in perspective, everyone in the UK receives about 2.2 mSv annually from natural background radiation, so a CT scan corresponds to less than an additional 8 days of background radiation.
How much will it cost?
Your referring practitioner will discuss pricing with you prior to your scan, as this will be determined by the complexity of their treatment plan.
How long will I have to wait?
You will be seen quickly. If we have to copy the scan to a disc the waiting time can be about 20 minutes.