September 9, 2011 — Carestream Health has received United States market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the CS 9300 System. It is a high-quality cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and true panoramic imaging system for otolaryngology (ENT) and dental indications. An optional cephalometric module will be available later in 2011.
The CS 9300 can be used for a variety of ENT and dental applications – including sinus and temporal bone; maxillofacial; dental implantology; oral surgery; orthodontics; periodontics; and endodontics. The system also offers a cost-effective way to offload ENT and dental CT exams from capacity-constrained, conventional CT units.
The system offers seven selectable CBCT fields of view ranging from 5 cm x 5 cm to 17 cm x 13.5 cm, limiting radiation exposure to the precise region of interest. It delivers up to 94 percent less radiation dose than conventional CT units and up to 84 percent less radiation dose than low-dose CT units; this enables practitioners to adhere to the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle. This is an especially important consideration for pediatric patients and adult patients requiring multiple scans.
With its range of CBCT image resolutions (0.09 to 0.5 mm isotropic voxels), the maximum resolution is much higher than conventional CT; this makes it ideal for visualizing fine bony structures in the middle ear and radicular structures. Additionally, the system’s fast scan times (as low as 12 seconds) – as well as ear, chin and forehead positioners – promote optimal image quality and lower the risk of retakes due to patient movement.
The system delivers high-quality, panoramic images due to its variable focal trough technology that adapts to different patient morphologies. The optional, one-shot cephalometric module captures images in less than a second and delivers high image quality, a 30 cm x 30 cm full skull exam and automatic cephalometric landmarking software.
It also eliminates film processing and cassette handling associated with analog and CR panoramic and cephalometric systems.
In terms of aesthetics, the system features an upright, compact design allowing easy integration, and the open system makes exams comfortable for patients. With both standing and seated options available, it is versatile and can accommodate patients of all sizes and those who use wheelchairs. Users will also appreciate the multiple, pre-set programs minimizing operator time needed to prepare for an exam.
The system supports DICOM 3.0 protocols, ensuring compatibility with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS) and printing systems. Radiologists can use the included configurable viewing software or continue to use their preferred software.
The CS 9300 is also compatible with most image-guided surgery systems. Certification is pending with NobelGuide, Simplant and SureSmile dental imaging programs.
For more information: www.carestream.com