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Understanding Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo)

Learn more about what Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) is, how it works, and why it matters to dental practitioners as oral radiology expands from conventional 2D imaging to detailed 3D Tomo imaging. 3D Tomo offers an alternative method of viewing intraoral radiographs in dentistry the same way 3D Tomosynthesis expanded mammography in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Far Beyond Conventional 2D X-Ray

Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) offers an alternative modality in dental radiography presenting practitioners more data than conventional 2D imaging. 3D Tomo creates a three-dimensional image of a tooth or teeth and digitally divides the volume into .5mm "slices", each of which can be viewed individually, giving the user the ability to see inside the tooth.

Developed Over Decades

Developed over the course of decades, Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) finally came together through a collaboration of the UNC at Chapel Hill Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Adams School of Dentistry. With the innovation of carbon nanotubes, a miniaturized multi-focal X-ray tube device was developed.  Surround Medical Systems further developed this technology into a full 3D Tomo X-ray system which operates in the average dental exam room space, fitting a similar footprint as conventional 2D X-ray devices.

Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) May Transform the Practice of Dentistry

Incorporating Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) into a dental practice can help in the early detection of diseases by offering practitioners more data than conventional 2D imaging. With more data available, 3D Tomo can help improve the quality of care for most patients by helping to reduce the need to adopt a “wait and see” approach to dental care.