GR Dental CT Pro
John Schondelmayer, DDS, is currently using a
The CON Commission in December approved regulations covering dental CT machines. However, the MDCH has blocked Schondelmayer from using his machine for medical purposes.
Schondelmayer said that if the application from his company, Smart Beam, to locate a scanner at
"I don't think I could serve enough practices up here," Schondelmayer said. "It's too far of a drive."
If the application for the
According to Smart Beam's Certificate of Need letter of intent filed last month, Schondelmayer expects to spend $32,000 on build-out of the 810 square feet of office space. He valued the NewTom 3G Tomograph Dental Scanner at $127,118. Full-size CT scanners like those in use at local hospitals and several local medical practices cost millions of dollars.
The CON Commission in December approved rules for dental CT scanners. But in January, a committee set up to review regulations on all CT scanners responded to the Michigan Dental Association's plea to drop dental CT scans from the CON process entirely. A special advisory committee is being set up to meet through 2007 and make recommendations about how to handle the dental machines.
"We're trying to get dental CT scanners exempt," said Caroline M. Ruddell, MDA's director of legislative and insurance advocacy. "The only state regulating them is