Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital has always prided itself for keeping abreast with the latest technological advancements from around the world. Dr SM Balaji, Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon, is a renowned surgeon who uses cutting edge technology to provide the best surgical care for patients. We were the first in South India to acquire the CBCT scan in 2010.
Our hospital has now upgraded its CBCT scan to the latest 2020 specifications marvel of imaging technology. This was recently inaugurated by Hon’ble K Vijay Kumar, IPS, Senior Security Advisor, Government of India and His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Maldives.
The minister congratulated Dr SM Balaji on acquiring the latest CBCT and keeping updated with the latest technology from around the world. He fondly recalled the long standing relationship of over 20 years that his nation has had with Dr SM Balaji and spoke about the free surgical care being provided by Dr SM Balaji towards the rehabilitation of adults and children with cranio-maxillofacial deformities including cleft lip and palate.
Congratulating Dr SM Balaji, Hon’ble K Vijay Kumar, IPS, spoke about his long standing association with Dr SM Balaji and talked about his contributions towards improving awareness about the importance of oral health in the country.
The new upgraded 2020 CBCT scan is generations ahead of the older model and has many new features that showcase the latest in medical technology. There has been complete revamping of the software as well as hardware.
Radiation exposure from a conventional CT is the equivalent of 120 x-rays. The older CBCT reduced this exposure to one-tenth to make it the equivalent of 10-12 radiographs. The latest CBCT scan has reduced this exposure to miniscule levels, boasting an exposure level of only 3-4 x-rays. This makes is very safe even for multiple uses in children.
Some of the other added features include plotting of the course of nerves and blood vessels within bone as well as delineation of areas of differing bone density as well as accurate airway volume measurements. This can also predict growth parameters as well as create input images for three-dimensional printing.
This makes it the ideal tool for treatment planning of complex cranio-maxillofacial surgeries that are routinely performed in our hospital. It is also the perfect aid for planning placement of dental implants within the bone, determining the extent of infection beyond the root apex for successful root canal treatments, visualizing the extent of bone destruction in cases of chronic periodontitis and other such treatments.