We provide a comprehensive range of Dental Imaging and Reporting services. Some of these types of scans are called an OPG, Lat Ceph, a Cone Beam CT and Dentascan. Dento-Maxillofacial Reporting or ‘DMFR’ is a specialised area and our DMF Radiologists bring their advanced experience through the IQ network.
Dental x-rays are fast and provide important results to your dentist, orthodontist, or specialist. Diagnosis is very important, as undiagnosed conditions can result in complication or further disease in the affected area. Diagnostic dental imaging can help provide early detection, which increases the chances of successful treatment and recovery. The radiation dose in dental imaging is very low. An OPG is a special type of x-ray that looks at the lower face, teeth, jaw and sinuses. It gives a wide view x-ray of your lower face and is able to display all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw.
No special preparation is required, but patients will be required to remove any jewellery or metallic items from the head and neck region.
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete, although real scanning time is only 2-3 minutes.
This is a specialised CT scan of the teeth using special computer software. It allows assessment and position of impacted teeth prior to any possible surgery. It also provides assessment for dental implants allowing the specialist to accurately plan and measure the exact position of the implant. There is no preparation needed for this scan. Any doctor, dentist or orthodontist may refer a patient for a CT Dentascan, however, Medicare will only provide a rebate for scans referred by a specialist doctor or orthodontist.
Most Medicare eligible examinations are bulk billed. Fees may apply for some procedures. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking.
A Lat Ceph is a side view x-ray of the face which shows the bones and facial contours in your profile. This is often used to plan orthodontic treatment.
This is a relatively new technique, which is used to assess the jaws and teeth. Its main advantage compared to OPGs and other dental x-rays is that it provides three-dimensional imaging (similar to conventional CT), but with a lower radiation dose. The procedure is similar to having an OPG. You will be asked to stand with your chin resting on a small support shelf to provide accurate positioning. The scanner will move around your head in approximately 15 seconds and from this speed, three-dimensional image reconstructions will be created. Our dental radiologist will then send a detailed report to your referring doctor. All the image data will also be provided on a disc to you for the dentist or specialist who referred you. This data can be used with other software, for example, for implant planning.