icatIn order to see more of your tooth, jaw, airway, and other maxillofacial structures, Dr. Farshid Ariz and our team utilize the i-CAT™ 3D imaging system. This advanced scanning tool allows our doctor to make more accurate diagnoses and to provide precision care, so our patients can have improved dental and sleep health. Call Farshid Ariz D.M.D. today if you would like to learn more about our i-CAT imaging in West Los Angeles, California.

The i-CAT FLX Cone Beam 3D system is designed to provide greater flexibility in scanning planning, and treatment. This latest advancement of our award-winning technology offers a range of features that deliver increased clarity, ease-of-use, and control.

The Cone Beam 3D and 2D Panoramic Dental Imaging System is designed for the imaging of TMJ studies, mandible and maxilla for implant planning, sinuses, and other areas of the maxillofacial complex. This scanner constructs a three-dimensional model from images taking during a rotation x-ray sequence. It is used when a dentist, oral surgeon, or other physician needs 3D information of high contrast objects.

2D radiograph images are limited, unable to show depth and different angles of maxillofacial structures. The i-CAT images, in contrast, can show an axial, sagittal, and coronal view of the patients’ head and allow us to zoom into certain areas. This 3D technology lets our professionals examine all angles of the jaw, nasal cavity, and airway before performing a treatment.

The i-CAT system isn’t just limited to dental treatment either. Because it extends from the nasal passages down to the throat, it allows us to treat airway problems. Orthodontists find this aspect of the 3D images particularly useful because they can direct the growth of facial structures. For instance, a blocked or stuffed nasal passage can create a narrow maxilla. When an orthodontist sees this problem through a 3D scan, then they can expand the area and improve one’s health.

Because our 3D imaging technology lets us examine the airway and nasal passages, it allows us to more easily treat sleep apnea. If you are CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure machine) intolerant, then we may utilize the data provided by this tool to create an intraoral appliance that will move the jaw forward in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. i-CAT helps us to produce this custom appliance so it fits well and functions efficiently.

When we use i-CAT to scan your maxillofacial regions to determine how to fix airway and nasal passage problems, then we may take some of the following steps:

  • After scanning the patient’s head, we will open up the 3D image on i-CAT’s TxSTUDIO system in order to see how much space is in the airway and nasal passages.
  • i-CAT allows us to measure the diameter and dimensions of airway passages and the posterior nasal pharynx from multiple angles.
  • We will examine the nasal passage in order to determine how much of an effect it has on overall airway diagnostics.

To learn more about i-CAT 3D imaging and how it helps our doctor help you, call our office today.