The University of Queensland has become Australia’s first Dental School to acquire a Planmeca Promax Max cone beam, and one of the few in the country to offer 3D imaging services.
The recent acquisition was partly funded by a generous 50K donation by the UQ Alumni Friends Association, Dental Division.
“We are excited to be the only dental school with a Promax Max,” said UQ’s Professor Paul Monsour, “And one of the few schools that currently has a cone beam 3-D imaging machine in-house. It’s an enormous benefit to both our students and our patients and we are very grateful for the ongoing support of our Alumni.”
Cone beam imaging is the latest new development in dental diagnostic imaging, providing three-dimensional information. The technology enables improved assessment of the bone prior to implant placement, improved visualisation and assessment of the temporomandibular joints, improved assessment of impacted teeth and of significant bony pathology in the jaws.
Patients can now receive this service in-house without being referred to a private radiology practice.
“General dentists have access to this equipment, so it is necessary for us to teach our undergraduate dentists about the applications, benefits and limitations of this technology. It is also essential that we have the latest equipment for the training of our post-graduate students,” said Prof. Monsour, who heads the country’s only specialist training program in DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology at the School.
Cone beam data sets are also now being used at the School to improve the teaching of some of the more basic subjects such as anatomy and tooth morphology.
The School acknowledged the support of its Alumni at an intimate presentation hosted this month at the Turbot St premises. Joining the School Executive, was the previous Dental Alumni president Dr John O’Hare, and representatives from across the industry, including suppliers Henry Schein / Halas, (Bill Cronk State Manager, and Rhonda Webb, Government Representative); and Professor Ian Meyers of ADAQ.
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