A scan guideline describes the clinical guidelines for a CT scan or Cone Beam scan that is taken for the purpose of ordering a SimPlant project and/or a SurgiGuide from Materialise Dental.
This protocol is preferably transferred to the radiology department, together with the scan order.
With high quality images, the preoperative plan can be made with greater ease and accuracy. At Materialise Dental, SurgiGuides are designed and generated based on both the scan images and the preoperative plan.
The image quality you experience within the SimPlant software depends on the capability of the scanner to produce thin-sliced, high-resolution axial images. These axial images need to be provided or exported in the Dicom standard.
For CT scanners the scan guidelines also provide the dicom export settings.
For Cone Beam 3D scanners these "export to dicom” settings are available in a separate "export protocol" that is fine-tuned for a specific manufacturer. These export protocols can be downloaded here.