If you’re in the market for a CBCT machine, you may be familiar with the i-CAT brand. If you aren’t familiar, i-CAT is a dental imaging manufacturer well-known for their high-quality CBCT systems. Since the early 2000s, i-CAT has produced high-quality 3D imaging systems, including a dedicated panoramic, compact design and exceptional imaging software.
The i-CAT FLX offers flexible imaging control while minimizing radiation dose with customizable 3D cone beam protocols and a dedicated 2D panoramic scan. The i-CAT FLX is also adjustable to fit each unique case, and can be collimated exactly to the field of view required.
Their current generation of CBCT models is the i-CAT FLX, available in 2 field of view (FOV) sizes:
- Large FOV (up to 23 x 17 cm): i-CAT FLX v17
- Medium FOV (up to 15.5 cm): i-CAT FLX MV
With large FOV capability, the i-CAT FLX v17 model is unique from any other comparable unit in the marketplace today because it can also capture an extended 3D cephalometric volume. Capturing panoramic, cephalometric and 3D CBCT images makes the i-CAT FLX v17 a versatile 3-in-1 system serving nearly any imaging need. This model is most popularly used in orthodontics, oral maxillofacial surgery, and oral radiology.
The previous generation of the i-CAT FLX v17 was the i-CAT Next Generation. The compact design, 2D/3D imaging technology, software and features are very similar. When the FLX was announced, it was intended as a next evolution of the Next Generation, not a complete redesign. One of the key differences is the evolution of the Ultra Low Dose feature only available on the i-CAT FLX.
How Much Does an i-CAT FLX Cost?
The average cost of a new i-CAT FLX, purchased through a dental imaging dealer will typically cost $105,000 or more. This cost depends greatly on your selected FOV, as well as premium features and extended warranties.
Now that you better understand what the i-CAT FLX costs, let’s dive into some of the ways the i-CAT FLX drives value for your practice.
What Procedures Can I Offer with an i-CAT FLX?
Designed to accommodate the widest range of clinical applications, the V17 is one of the most flexible CBCT systems of any other brand. The i-CAT FLX v17’s extended field of view allows practitioners to capture a full craniofacial scan, ideal for orthodontics, oral surgery, sleep, and so much more. An i-CAT FLX MV is a medium field-of-view cone beam system, ideal for single or dual jaw applications, such as TMJ analysis or dental implants.
The compact, seated design of the i-CAT FLX is desirable for many dental practices. In addition to high-quality images, Tx STUDIO software and a comfortable, compact design, the i-CAT FLX includes these desirable features:
- Ultra Low Dose: i-CAT QuickScan and QuickScan+ protocols allow you to take complete 3D images at a radiation dose comparable to a 2D panoramic image. The flexibility in scalable scan sizes further allows you to limit the dose to the patient.
- Built-in 2D panoramic modality.
- Cephalometric modality included and extracted from 3D.
- Built-in 3D modality in sizes of 8 x 8, 17 x 23, or any height from 2-13 x 16.
- 3D field of view for the standard model is 13 cm (H) x 16 cm (H) or 8 cm (H) x 8 cm (D). Custom size is 2-13 cm (H) x 16 cm (D). Extended size is 17 cm (H) x 23 cm (D).
- TxStudio by Anatomage Software: This 3D imaging software is an integral part of the fast i-CAT workflow and provides the power of multiple software systems combined into one simple-to-use solution.
Where Can I Buy an i-CAT FLX CBCT?
The i-CAT FLX is available new through DEXIS dealers. If you’ve purchased a new panoramic or CBCT system in the past, your dealer should be able to assist you with an i-CAT FLX purchase or referral. If you’re just getting started with CBCT or with i-CAT, consider shopping certified pre-owned. A certified pre-owned purchase can save up to 50% off new list prices, to reduce your initial investment in a significant purchase for your practice.
If you’re shopping for i-CAT FLX, or just interested in getting started with CBCT, consider a purchase from the leaders in certified pre-owned dental imaging, Renew Digital. They’ve been working with practices looking to upgrade their digital imaging equipment to CBCT for over 10 years. Plus, they have a wide selection of CBCT to choose from, including i-CAT FLX (both v17 and MV) as well as the previous generations, the i-CAT Next Generation and i-CAT Precise.
For more information on the latest model i-CAT CBCT systems, this article compares the current and previous i-CAT generation models.
For added value, your used i-CAT cone beam purchase, or any X-ray or CBCT purchase, from Renew Digital includes professional installation and on-site training. Once you start using it, you’ll have unlimited access to their customer service Help Desk as well as their full parts replacement and onsite labor warranty.
For more information and to find the right certified pre-owned i-CAT cone beam system for you, please contact them today. They’ll be happy to discuss your practice’s current and future imaging needs to help you find the best used dental equipment for your practice.