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Dentistry Upgrades Service with New Equipment

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Drs. Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete with the VMTH’s new cone beam CT machine.

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s (VMTH) Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service (DOSS) has recently upgraded its services with the acquisition of a new cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine, which delivers high resolution images in two and three dimensional views. This new equipment will allow the hospital to offer its clients even higher quality services in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

By coning down on a particular area of interest, the CBCT allows for a more precise analysis of bone structure, tooth orientation and oral and maxillofacial disorders. These highly accurate scans are comparable to conventional CTs but require a much lower radiation dose. The major advantage of CBCT over conventional CT is its spatial resolution and rapid acquisition of thin sections.

CBCT has become a standard of care in human oral and maxillofacial diagnosis and treatment planning. The VMTH looks to translate that standard to veterinary medicine. The machine’s fast acquisition (18-26 seconds) of very fine images with minimal patient radiation furthers advances patient care and surgical planning, as it allows for extremely accurate assessment of oral and maxillofacial disorders. Specialized software allows clinicians to precisely depict the presence, location and extent of a lesion. The software also allows for several possibilities for 3D reconstruction of the images, which gives an excellent understanding of spatial configuration of disorders and more precise treatment planning.

While DOSS is the primary user of the equipment at this time, the CBCT may have future applications for other VMTH Services, such as Orthopedic Surgery, as the technology can be applied to other structures such as joints and small bones.


About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer