Align Technology launches new iTero Element 5D Imaging System
The entire iTero product family, including the new iTero Element 5D Imaging System, will be showcased at the 38th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne Germany, which runs March 12 – 16, 2019.
In addition to offering all of the features and functionality that doctors have come to expect from the iTero systems, the iTero Element 5D scanner is the first integrated dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D, intraoral colour and near-infrared imaging (NIRI) plus enables comparison over time using iTero’s TimeLapse functionality.
This fully integrated technology aids in the detection and monitoring of interproximal caries lesions above the gingiva, without radiation. With one full arch scan, in as little as 60 seconds, the iTero Element 5D Imaging System provides powerful visualisation capabilities, including:
• 3D impressions for restorative and orthodontic work
• Analysis instruments, such as the occlusal clearance tool
• NIRI imagery
• Intraoral camera imagery
• iTero TimeLapse technology
• Invisalign Outcome Simulator
• Invisalign Progress Assessment
Zelko Relic, Align Technology, CTO and senior vice president for global research and development, explained: “The iTero Element 5D Imaging System combines the cutting-edge technology of the iTero Element portfolio of intraoral scanners, with advanced integrated imaging features.
“These include NIRI, which aids in interproximal caries detection, and clear intra-oral images thanks to the built-in intraoral camera. With this new imaging system, dentists can efficiently and effectively scan every patient during every visit and visualise treatment options that result in more informed decisions for optimum oral care.
Dr Mitra Derakhshan, Align Technology’s vice president, global clinical, added: “Diagnosing carious lesions or cavities, especially those that are interproximal, can be hampered by numerous factors, including variations in tooth shape and alignment. Traditional x-ray film limitations include variability in exposure levels, poor angulations in image capture or overlapping contacts in the image, and more.
“The iTero Element 5D Imaging System aids in detecting and monitoring the progression of interproximal cavities above the gingiva without harmful radiation, helping ensure that patients receive even better care.”
Dr Tim Nolting, a general practitioner from Freudenberg, Germany, who was involved with the new system’s limited market release said: “The iTero Element 5D scanner has been a real game-changer and given me a totally new reason to incorporate digital technology in my practice.
“Patients value minimally invasive treatment and radiation free diagnosis. With the iTero Element 5D system in my diagnostic toolbox, diagnosis itself is easier, and, because I can show my patients what I am seeing, they understand the situation better and in turn accept the proposed treatment more readily.”
Yuval Shaked, Align Technology’s senior vice president and managing director, iTero Scanners and Services, agreed: “The pace of innovation at Align continues to accelerate, and the Element 5D Imaging System expands the iTero portfolio by offering dental professionals a wide range of powerful scanning technology at every price point.
“With this latest imaging system dental professionals now have the ability to invest in more than an intraoral scanner, thus maximising opportunities within their dental practice.
“As the leader in digital scanning technology with over 20-years-experience, we understand the nature of platform evolution. The platform nature of iTero Element 5D system makes it easy for dental professionals to protect their investment and upgrade to the latest digital technology when they are ready.”
Align Technology now also offers a web-based platform called MyiTero.com which complements the comprehensive visualisation of the iTero Element 5D Imaging System. It can be used to set up prescription before the appointment and review scans with the patient on multiple devices, providing the practice with the flexibility to assist more patients more easily and freeing up the scanner to maximise its use.
Align Technology is also continuing to streamline workflows for dentists and labs with the addition of its direct surgery-lab workflow. This allows the scan to automatically be sent through to the chosen dental lab, and the clinician can engage with the lab through the MyiTero.com account to determine if the scan is acceptable or if additional information is needed.
This workflow will continue to be supported with on-demand services like iTero modelling and iTero custom milled models, both unique to iTero Element scanners. Direct doctor-lab workflow is currently in limited market testing in North America and Europe.
The iTero Element 5D Imaging System is commercially available now in Canada, European Union countries accepting CE-Marking (excluding Greece), Switzerland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand. The iTero Element 5D Imaging System is not yet available in the United States or Latin America.
Information about the iTero Element 5D Imaging System can be found at http://www.itero.com/en.