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Associate Professor Jean Michael Foucart
Dr. Foucart bought his first digital panoramic and cephalometric system in 1998 and since 2007 transitioned to cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) with Carestream Dental to take advantage of the benefits the technology offered: higher resolution, faster processing, a lower dose—and the convenience of having an in-house system.
When asked what capabilities he values in a CBCT system, Dr. Foucart replied, “We should always strive to seek the lowest dose possible while still obtaining the necessary diagnostic images. A CBCT system with multiple fields of view—like my Carestream Dental CBCT—helps doctors achieve that goal. In addition, the system should provide true panoramic and cephalometric imaging.”
Dr. Foucart also appreciates a system that provides automatic cephalometric tracing. “Tracing facilitates diagnoses,” he said. “With a system that does it automatically, you save a lot of time.”
Dr. Foucart appreciates the improved view of impacted cuspids that CBCT imaging provides. He can determine the presence of ankylosis, which panoramic imaging does not reveal. “With 2D imaging, I can see only the frontal and lateral, but with 3D I can see the entire form and analyze the relationship between the teeth and the maxilla, as well as the roots and whether they cross,” said Dr. Foucart. “I can determine the exact angle of the tooth.”
Dr. Foucart has been working with the Carestream Dental CS 3600 intraoral scanner since January 2016. He loves the speed of scanning as well as the ability to immediately view the digital model on the screen.
Creating a digital model with an intraoral scanner is much faster than traditional methods,” said Dr. Foucart. “Taking the conventional impression, pouring in plaster, sending the impression to a lab and then waiting for delivery of the model is not an efficient process.”
The CS 3600 increases efficiency in additional ways, too. For example, the CS 3600 can export 2D jpeg images directly into the patient’s imaging chart from the 3D impression. This powerful integration between the CS 3600 acquisition software and the patient’s imaging chart eliminates the need for the practice to acquire traditional 2D orthodontic intraoral photographic records for the patient’s chart.
Dr. Foucart values the open file format of the CS 3600’s output: a digital file is more useful and can be sent as is for printing to a third party or in-house. Additionally, open files provide the practitioner with the freedom to share the files with labs or referrals without any restrictions.
Dr. Foucart’s practice truly is experiencing the gains in efficiency that systems and software integration brings. The streamlined workflow, with all components synchronized and working in harmony, enables Dr. Foucart to spend the optimal amount of time with his patients. His patients value the comprehensive diagnostic analyses and treatment plans—complete with images.
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