Galileos 3D Imaging

Our oral & maxillofacial surgery office is committed to providing our patients with the absolute best standard of care. Our office is equipped with the Galileos 3D CT Scanner, which allows us to obtain 3D radiographic images of your jaws and facial structures. The Galileos 3D CT Scanner was developed in Germany as a spin off from Siemens Technology. This scanner allows us to get accurate images with the lowest does of radiation and one of the quickest scan times of any similar scanner available today. By combining this low-dose technology, our office can quickly and accurately review anatomic structures in 3-D perspective making our oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures more accurate and predictable. This scan takes about 15 seconds to take and about 4 minutes to process or render in the office. By utilizing this technology, we do not have to send our patients out for scans to radiology labs, thereby making it more convenient and cost-effective. Galileos is one brand of dental or 3D CT scanners (iCat, Planmeca, Gendex and Kodak, are names of some other 3D scanners on the market).

The radiation from the Galileos Machine scan is 29 microseverts or 2.9 millirem. This is less radiation than a standard full mouth set of dental x-rays. This radiation exposure is a fraction of the radiation from a medical CT scanner.

Some facts about radiation exposure:

  • Daily background radiation- 8 microseverts or about 1000 microseverts/year
  • Full mouth dental periapical films- 150 microseverts
  • Panorex- 10-15 microseverts
  • Digital panorex 4.7-14.9 microseverts
  • iCAT 10 second scan-34 microseverts; 20 second scan- 68 microseverts
  • Medical CT scan- 1200-3300 microseverts
  • A round trip flight from NY to LA is 40 microseverts (flight crews and pilots get 2000-4000 microseverts/year)

Cone Beam 3D technology allows the merging of dental implant and restoration planning that is state of the art. This allows accurate tooth replacement and restoration by allowing virtual implant placement on your 3D images. This information may then be used to make a surgical guide allowing precision placement of implant with minimally invasive surgical techniques. This allows the patient to recover quicker and makes dental implant placement more successful while minimizing complications. The study obtained from the Galileos 3D CT Scanner also allows Dr. Rotas and Dr. Martin to better evaluate impacted teeth, cysts and tumors of the jaws, as well as facial injuries.

At your consultation, Dr. Rotas or Dr. Martin will assess whether a 3D cone beam CT is appropriate and needed for accurate assessment of your case or problem. We will be happy to provide your treating dentist or other health care provider with a copy of your Galileos Cone Beam CT scan on a CD-ROM. Please have their office mailing address available so we may send it to them.