3D Scanner Adds to Radiology Offerings


A three-dimensional cone beam scanner recently was added to OHSU School of Dentistry’s arsenal of radiology tools, expanding offerings for dental faculty, students, and patients, as well as private practice dentists.

“Our new machine offers variable image sizing, single quadrant imaging, increased resolution, and less radiation for patients,” said Shawneen M Gonzalez, D.D.S., M.S., director of radiology. “We can identify a range of dental issues from missed root canals, bony lesions, difficult-to-extract teeth, bone quantity for implants, cleft palates, impacted teeth, and much more.

“The functionality of the cone beam is really exciting,” she said, “and goes way beyond what we’ve been able to do in the past.” Particularly exciting, said Dr. Gonzalez, is the cone beam’s ability to take panoramic and lateral cephalometric skull radiographs.”

The new cone beam scanner—the Carestream 9300—was generously donated to the School by Carestream Dental.