Tools of the Trade: Galileos

The Galileos
The Galileos cone beam impresses patients.

by Dr Hugh Fleming, Hugh Fleming Dentistry, Mosman, NSW


Galileos creates a three-dimensional image of the jaw using a cone beam scan.


What’s good about it

The biggest advantage of Galileos is that it is such an enhanced diagnostic tool from a radiological point of view. When using an OPG or plain film, the result is a superimposition of a three-dimensional object in two-dimensions. This leads to a lot of distortion of the image and limits what you can actually see and diagnose.

The resultant image from Galileos can be manipulated through 360 degrees. For example, if you’re looking at surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth, it can often be difficult to see where the inferior alveolar nerve lies. A cone beam scan allows you to track the nerve precisely and see how it relates to the position of the impacted teeth in three dimensions.

Patients are blown out of the water by Galileos. Seeing an image in three dimensions makes more sense for them as they visualise in a three-dimensional perspective all day, every day. In fact, patients often see pathology and point it out to me before I’ve even had time to talk to them about it.

Implant planning is really just one aspect of Galileos, or any cone beam machine. The biggest benefit is enhanced diagnostics. It not only gives better, clearer information, it gives more information, and makes diagnostics easier and more accurate.


What’s not so good

I would like to see a higher quality image. If you compare the results to a CT scan—which is a bit of an unfair comparison—some of the images can be grainy in appearance. I’m sure that as the software improves, the reconstruction of the image will also improve. It would be fantastic to get CT-scan image quality when using a cone beam.


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