Ask an Expert: Comparing Sirona Orthophos XG vs Carestream CS 3D Systems

As a certified pre-owned dealer of several different leading dental imaging brands, Renew Digital is proud to offer customers a true “brand-neutral” approach to buying X-ray systems.

As part of this, their experts can offer advice based on the objective features of each system and the needs of each customer. Their knowledgeable staff can recommend the ideal modality and model for your practice, whether it be panoramic, cephalometric, or CBCT – regardless of brand. With access to so many different leading dental X-ray machines, they can better serve their customers by matching them to the unit that is a perfect fit without any constraints.

With over a decade in business, and over 250 five-star customer ratings, thousands of doctors have turned to Renew Digital to compare brands. By understanding the features and technology offered by the various brands and models, especially when they have many similarities, doctors can be sure they’re making the best investment for their practice.

In this article, Renew Digital’s experts compare two leading brands in the dental imaging arena that are similar in price, functionality, and versatility: Sirona and Carestream. Namely, their popular model lines, the Sirona Orthophos XG and Carestream CS 3D family of products.

Available Imaging Modalities

Both of these extraoral imaging systems consist of a wide variety of models to meet the imaging needs of nearly any dental or specialty practice. With Sirona Orthophos and Carestream, you’ll have options within each family of products for 2D panoramic, cephalometric, and 3D CBCT. Some models within each brand are even upgradeable, meaning you can purchase a more basic model and upgrade with future needs to include a ceph attachment or upgrade a 2D machine to a 3D cone beam (CBCT) system, such as the Sirona XG 3D Ready.

And, with each brand, both of their CBCT offerings are similar in price and functionality. If you purchase a Sirona Orthophos XG 3D or any Carestream CS 3D system, each will feature a dedicated 2D panoramic imaging modality as well as small-to-medium field of view (FOV) cone beam. This design gives you the ability to capture both standard panoramic and detailed CBCT scans.

When it comes to available imaging modalities, the Sirona Orthophos XG and Carestream CS 3D are dead even in comparison.


When comparing dental imaging brands, software is a key component. It not only will impact your practice workflow, but needs to gel with existing systems and networks.

Both Sirona and Carestream took considerable care when developing the software that would power their CBCT systems. In order to reconstruct and manipulate the large files from CBCT scans, a separate 3D imaging software is required for each brand.

Sirona Orthophos XG is powered by Sidexis 3D imaging software, while Carestream uses CS 3D imaging software. Both 3D imaging software suites can capture and manage both 2D and 3D images, and compare favorably to other brands.

If purchasing a 2D unit from either brand, you can manage your 2D panoramic or cephalometric images into your current software using a TWAIN interface.

When thinking about software, at the surface level, these two brands are neck-and-neck. In this respect, the best choice for your practice will primarily be based on your unique configuration. For example, many doctors replacing existing equipment may choose the same brand to minimize training and maintain their network setup.

Footprint and Positioning

Another major consideration doctors looking at dental imaging equipment need to think about is X-ray configuration. Because your x-ray system is emitting radiation, your exam space needs to comply with state regulations to keep staff and patients safe.

Fortunately, when it comes to overall footprint, both Sirona and Carestream take considerable effort to minimize their actual and recommended dimensions so their units can fit into nearly any practice configuration.

In addition to comparing footprint, you’ll also need to consider how your staff and your patients will interact with the system. Sirona and Carestream units have different approaches to patient positioning – so you will need to consult a reputable dealer to help you compare based on your space.

Save 30%-50% Off Sirona Orthophos XG and Carestream Systems

Renew Digital has been the leading provider of certified pre-owned dental digital imaging systems for over a decade, offering a wide range of used panoramic, cephalometric, and cone beam systems to dentists and dental specialists across the United States. They deliver only the highest-quality, premium models from top brands such as Dentsply Sirona and Carestream at an unbelievable value.

Buying a certified pre-owned Sirona Orthophos XG 3D or Carestream CS 3D system can save you up to 30-50% off the price of a new unit with no sacrifice to quality or service. All used dental equipment sold by Renew Digital is tested and retested to ensure compliance with manufacturer specifications; plus, all of their pre-owned CBCT systems are sold in “like new” condition, complete with the latest 3D imaging software and up-to-date features.

In addition, the sale price of used dental equipment from Renew Digital includes installation, training, and a comprehensive warranty that covers both replacement parts and onsite service. You’ll also have unlimited access to Renew Digital’s 5-star-rated customer service and support.

To learn more about these systems or to see what models are currently available,  contact them online or by phone at 888-246-5611. Their sales team will help you determine the ideal model for your dental practice and your budget. Be sure to ask about equipment financing and other special offers to save even more.

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