The Nair Hospital Dental College has got an imaging machine that will allow doctors to view the facial bone structure of patients in threedimensional (3-D) view. The hospital is the first in the city to install the ‘3D Maxillofacial imaging’ machine, said Dr Suhasini Nagda, hospital dean.
The machine can show a 3-D view of the upper and lower jaw structure of the patient. “This is useful in detecting any cancerous tumors and decays and how close they are to the vital structures in the mouth. This will help surgeons plan correct surgical treatment for patients,” said Dr Nagda. The profile of the patient can also be viewed for the purpose of bone and teeth alignment and correction.
“The technology will also help us in planning the correct placement of dental implants in a patient because we will be able to see the thickness and height of jaw bones,” said Dr Freny Karjodkar, head of department, oral medicine and radiology, Nair Hospital Dental College. According to Dr Nagda, the machine can give clearer X-rays and patient will be exposed to less radiation.
Ten Local Area Network (LAN) connections have been provided to various departments in the hospital so that X-rays can be viewed immediately. The dental hospital gets 850 to 1000 patients per day in its out-patient ward. “This is the eighth machine in India and first in any government or corporate hospital in Mumbai,” said Dr Nagda. The hospital has suggested a charge of Rs 150 per patient.