Dr Elaine Halley: iTero Element 5D Imaging System

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iTero Element 5D Imaging System showcased in UK at BDC and Dentistry Show

The latest iTero Element 5D Imaging System will be showcased in the UK for the first time on the Align Technology stand H30 during the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show at the NEC in Birmingham, 17th -18th May 2019. Dr Elaine Halley, who was involved with piloting the new scanner will be presenting the system on the stand.

Dr Halley told Dental Review: “I have been using the iTero Element 5D scanner in my practice in Perth, Scotland since November 2018. The system uses infra-red technology at the same time as the scanner captures the intra-oral scan of the teeth.

“By using a magnifying icon on the touchscreen, each tooth can be viewed using the infra-red technology. This allows the visualisation of the internal structures of the teeth. Enamel appears dark, due to its lower organic content, while dentine appears lighter. Areas of decay in the enamel stand out as a brighter, white colour.

“I have found it to be very useful for capturing and monitoring early carious lesions caused by decay. Sometimes these will barely show on a bitewing; or might appear questionable as to whether they should be actively treated or treated preventively – for example with fluoride – and monitored.

“This is where the technology proves very useful as an education tool to motivate patients to carry out preventive treatment, and to allow me to check on these lesions without the need to repeat radiographs at regular intervals. Reading of the images is the opposite to radiographs so it takes a little while to train your eye, but it’s worth it.

“It is also most useful, I think, for interproximal lesions, particularly on an unrestored or minimally restored mouth. I trained my hygienist and dental therapist in using the scan and they were able to use the iTero Element 5D as part of their routine monitoring regime.

“When combined with iTero’s TimeLapse capability, it provides a very comprehensive screening for routine patients.”

The iTero Element 5D scanner is the first integrated dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D, intra-oral colour and near-infrared imaging (NIRI). The technology also allows comparison over time using iTero’s TimeLapse function. The scanner aids in the detection and monitoring of interproximal caries lesions above the gingiva without using harmful radiation.

With one full arch scan in as little as 60 seconds, the iTero Element 5D Imaging System provides doctors with 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

Platform evolution

Yuval Shaked, Align Technology’s senior vice president and managing director, iTero Scanners and Services, explained: “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.

“As the leader in digital scanning technology with over 20-years-experience, we understand the nature of platform evolution and how important it is to support our doctors and provide an upgrade path that protects their investment.

“With iTero Element 5D Imaging System, dental professionals now have the ability to invest in more than an intraoral scanner, thus maximising opportunities within their dental practice. The platform nature of iTero Element 5D system makes it easy for dental professionals to upgrade to the latest digital technology when they are ready.”


Align Technology has also introduced a web-based platform www.MyiTero.com which complements the new scanning system by setting up the patient’s prescription before the appointment and allowing the user to review scans with more patients on multiple devices. As a result more patients can benefit from this new technology, and the practice earns a faster return on investment.

Through the MyiTero.com account the practitioner can also create a direct workflow with their dental lab, meaning the scan is automatically shared with the technician to instantly determine if it is acceptable or if more information is required.

This digital workflow will continue to be supported with on-demand services such as iTero modelling and iTero custom milled models, both unique to iTero Element scanners. Direct surgery-lab workflow is currently undergoing limited market testing in North America and Europe.

For more information, go to http://www.itero.com/en.