The future of dental imaging? iTero Element 5D "A game changer"
The iTero Element 5D Imaging System has been designed by Align Technology to “provide a new comprehensive approach to clinical applications, workflows and user experience that expands the suite of existing high-precision, full-colour imaging and fast scan times of the iTero Element portfolio”. Dental Review takes a closer look.
The iTero Element 5D scanner is the first integrated dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D, intra-oral colour and near-infrared imaging (NIRI). This means it not only enables comparison of changes in the oral condition over time through its TimeLapse functionality, but also aids in the detection and monitoring of interproximal caries lesions above the gingiva without using radiation.
Performing a full arch scan in as little as 60 seconds, the iTero Element 5D Imaging System provides dental professionals 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
Zelko Relic, Align Technology’s CTO and senior vice president for global research and development, says: “The iTero Element 5D Imaging System combines the cutting-edge technology of the iTero Element portfolio of intraoral scanners, with advanced integrated imaging features.
“With this imaging system, dentists can efficiently and effectively scan every patient at every visit and visualise treatment options together 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 ones that are interproximal or between teeth, can be hampered by numerous factors.
“These include variations in tooth shape and alignment, traditional x-ray film limitations that 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 doctors in detecting and monitoring the progression of interproximal cavities above the gingiva without harmful radiation, thereby helping ensure their patients receive even better care.”
Dr Tim Nolting, a general practitioner from Freudenberg, Germany, agreed. He enthused: “The iTero Element 5D scanner has been a real game changer and has given me a totally new reason to incorporate digital technology in my practice.
“Patients value minimally invasive treatment and radiation free diagnosis. With the addition of the iTero Element 5D system in my diagnostic tool box, diagnosis itself is easier to make and since I can show my patients what I am seeing, they understand the situation better and in turn accept the proposed treatment.”
Yuval Shaked, Align Technology’s senior vice president and managing director, iTero Scanners and Services, concludes: “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 provide an upgrade path that protects our customers’ investment.
“With the 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.”
For more information, go to http://www.itero.com/en.