Dr. Noraian’s practice utilizes state-of-the-art, full-cranial cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology. This technology provides a highly accurate 3-D radiographic image for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, airway assessment, oral and orthognathic surgery and other dental procedures. CT scans generate undistorted, anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth and facial bones along with cross-sectional (bucco-lingual), axial, coronal, sagittal, cephalometric and panoramic views. Three-dimensional images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies. Dr. Noraian has worked with 3-D imaging since 2002 which provides him with expertise to examine radiographs taken in his office as well as images received from other dental offices.
iCAT 3-D Cone Beam CT Scanning
Dr. Noraian uses the iCAT Cone Beam CT scanner in his office, which utilizes a very low dosage of radiation energy to capture your 3-D images. This commitment to radiation safety is the same as Dr. Noraian’s philosophy used for x-ray imaging; he will recommend 3-D imaging only when absolutely necessary. With the addition of cone-beam CT technology in his office, his practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.
Due to the larger field of view associated with 3-D imaging, there may be structures contained in the image that are beyond the diagnostic expertise of a specialist. For this reason, Dr. Noraian works with Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists to review the images for dental issues as well as potential medical issues. On occasion, Dr. Noraian may need to refer you to other physicians and dentists for evaluation of issues affecting the sinuses, blockage of the carotid arteries which may lead to strokes and other pathology not visible on 2-D films. When referral is necessary, Dr. Noraian provides you with copies of their radiology report and CT scan on disk as indicated.