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High-resoluted digital radiography is mandatory in dentistry an oral surgery both in clinics and research. Due to the fact that companion veterinary medicine is treating different sizes of animals from large breed dogs to small mice, most medical equipment adopted from human field might be inappropriate. Cone-beam computed tomography is one of the exceptional cases, as the units fits many sizes of animal heads. Research from human medicine postulate its preeminence as a high-resolution diagnostic tool in any field of dentistry and oral surgery. Other advantages as low radiation dose and compact design might also be superficial compared to conventional CT.
Dr. Matthias Eberspächer-Schweda
Service for Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
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The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, part of the Clinic of Small Animal Surgery of the Department 4 of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, has become one of the leading clinics for dental treatment of companion animals in Europe in recent years. This know-how is supported by the excellent technical equipment and the intra-university cooperation with institutions such as the Clinic for Imaging Diagnostics and the VetCORE. Due to the fact that without imaging a diagnosis and subsequently the therapy of a patient with dental disease would not be possible, this area finds special attention in the clinic and research of the service of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The acquisition of "new technologies" such as a Cone-beam computer tomograph for the oro-maxillofacial area takes the form of imaging to a new level. This device currently provides the ability to generate the best image quality with low patient exposure. Particularly for the clinical area (occupational safety), the low radiation exposure is of particular importance for this. As the only European Veterinary Medical University, we will continue to advance our lead in the clinical area as well as in research, but we are also a welcome point of contact for inter-university.