Tools of the trade: Orthophos S 3D


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cone beam CT unit

by Dr Saurabh Rai, Tandara Dental Centre, Gosnells, WA

The Orthophos S is a cone-beam CT machine that can take 2D and 3D images. We’ve been using it for about eight months and have found it to be a valuable addition to our practice as it has increased the quality and scope of dentistry that we perform.

What’s good about it

We use the Orthophos S 3D for all our cone-beam CT and OPG cases. The ease of operation and high-quality images make it a very impressive unit.

The field of view can range between 5cm X 5.5cm to 11cm X 10cm, making it easier to see a precise area or get a full mouth image. The automatic positioning aids such as the 3-point head fixation and occlusal bite block make it very easy to correctly position patients. We have a dedicated room to house the Orthophos S 3D. It’s about the same size as the old unit it replaced but it does much, much more. It comes with SIDEXIS 4 software and the SICAT suite which is a great aid with our implant planning.

In the past, I had to send our patients away to get a cone-beam CT scan. Now I have everything in-house, it saves time for the patient and speeds up the treatment process. It also makes it easier to explain things to the patient when they see everything in 3D. Most patients are very impressed when they first see the Orthophos. 

What’s not so good

The unit works faultlessly but it’s a very expensive piece of equipment to purchase. It is, however, worth the cost. I’ve found that it has greatly improved the core quality of my work and the satisfaction of my patients.

Where did you get it

Dentsply Sirona

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  1. I agree with the review, It’s a great piece of equipment. I would recommend installing a Surge protector on these units. I have replaced too many Power Supplies and Tube Heads on these to count, especially with the Sydney weather in the last couple of years. a $150 surge protector can save you $10k in repairs down the line.


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