i-CAT 3D Cone Beam and Invivo 3D Surgical Planning

i-Cat TechnologyIn-office, state-of-the-art 3-dimensional imaging is quick, convenient, and available at DC Smiles

DC Smiles is proud to offer in-office imaging and the advantages it provides for both doctor and patient. i-CAT cone beam 3-D dental imaging and software has revolutionized dentistry and enables more accurate and faster dental implant surgery. Case studies have shown that the i-CAT Cone Beam 3D Imaging System, which can produce immediate three-dimensional images of oral anatomy in under 30 seconds, is better than traditional radiography at helping doctors make diagnoses. Patients presenting with chronic problems that might have gone untreated based on the results of regular x-rays have experienced relief because of a diagnosis completed with i-CAT imaging. Whats more, the 3D data produced by the i-CAT can be used for dental implant planning, third molar extractions, impactions, TMJ analysis, supernumeraries, airway & sinus assessments, panoramic, and cephalometrics (orthodontics).

For more information about i-CAT 3D Cone Beam and Invivo 3D Surgical Planning or to schedule a consultation with our team, call our office in Alexandria, VA at Old Town Alexandria Office Phone Number703-299-4614 or email us at [email protected]

In fact, 3D imaging allows us to virtually place dental implants. This technology removes the guesswork by producing more accurate images than traditional radiography, as recent case studies have proven, and results in better success rates for dental implants. The implant restorations can be prepared in advance, allowing us to plan treatment and take into account the anatomical scene as well as the aesthetic outcome. The benefits:

Nerve Mapping around Dental Implant Dental Implant i-CAT
  • Cone Beam 3-D dental imaging, provides high-definition, digital imaging with low radiation and a typical scan time of only 8.5 seconds. The i-CATs computer-controlled software delivers quick and easy reconstruction of critical anatomical information, virtually instantly.
  • The i-CAT exceeds the capabilities of traditional x-rays, providing us with better and more comprehensive 3-D anatomical information on bone and pathology prior to surgery, resulting in less trauma, less time in the dental chair, and more predictable surgical outcomes.
  • The anatomically accurate i-CAT images also allow us to have surgical guides fabricated in advance of the procedure. These guides are made of resin and metal and are set on the jaw to guide the doctor in placing dental implants. The i-CATs superior images allow for optimal treatment planning and success.
  • With i-Cat technology, you and the doctor can view images chair side in a format you can understand. You and our doctors can discuss the images and treatment plan right away.


Once your cone beam scan is complete, we use Anatomage to create volume imaging for a more accurate diagnosis. What does this mean? Very simply, with the click of a button, the Anatomage software allows us to view hard tissue transparency, detail bone profile, as well as airway and skin profiles. This effective visual rendering provides us with better results than traditional radiography, without any of the distortions, like elongation or foreshortening, common to regular x-rays. This means we can spend less time deciphering images and more time identifying problems and developing appropriate custom made treatments.