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Achieving intuitive digital imaging with the CS 3600


How this intraoral scanner from Carestream Dental is streamlining digital workflows.

Whether handling restorative, orthodontic or implant cases, the Carestream Dental CS 3600 intraoral scanner puts smarter scanning and easy digital impression capture in the dentist’s hands. With high-speed, intuitive and accurate scanning, dentists now have the power to create full HD 3D images, resulting in improved treatment planning, a streamlined workflow and outstanding clinical results.

“We listened to customer comments about intraoral scanning and learned that many felt it was too difficult to use and too time-consuming,” says Joe Andrasko, director of regional product management at Carestream Dental. “So the main benefits we wanted to emphasize with the CS 3600 were speed and ease of use.”

Intuitive features, improved clinical outcomes

The CS 3600 prompts the user at every stage, resulting in images that are fast and clear, whether it’s a quadrant or full arch. High-speed continuous scanning allows for an uninterrupted pattern of scanning, making dual-arch and quadrant scanning accurate, fast and easy and greatly reducing the time it takes to capture a digital impression.

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“Our goal in creating a digital scanner is to enable not just our workflow but to digitalize any of the workflows that would have traditionally been done with an impression,” Andrasko says. “When you send a case to the lab digitally, they could be designing it within five minutes and ship it back the same day.”

With the CS 3600, the user doesn’t have to follow a designated scan path. Rather, the scanner recognizes where it has been and picks up very quickly where it left off, automatically removing soft tissue as it scans.

The simple user interface minimizes the number of clicks and helps to reduce the amount of training needed. Powerful features and smart tools like the Scan History Check, online soft tissue removal and the 3D margin line tool help refine the scan as needed. Live scanning warnings provide feedback in real time, indicating areas of the scan that lack detail and require additional scanning, which significantly increases scanning efficiency. 

Workflow integration

The strength of the CS 3600 is fully integrating the data into the dental office workflow.

“What makes the CS 3600 product unique is workflow integration,” Andrasko says. “We make practice management software, imaging software and imaging products like computed tomography systems, sensors, cameras and scanners. Our imaging platform integrates with basically every practice management system on the market.”

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A customer can plug the CS 3600 into his or her system and save the data directly to his or her server or network storage, making the scan accessible from any computer in the office, unlike a self-contained system that has to be wheeled from room to room.

The CS 3600 is also designed around patient comfort. For instance, users can choose the best scanner tip to fit the patient’s mouth, including a normal tip for general scanning and an interchangeable and unique side-oriented tip specifically designed to help scan in difficult-to-reach areas like the buccal, occlusal and posterior region. A posterior tip supports scanning the posterior region in children and adults with smaller mouths.

According to Andrasko, digital impressions are the gateway to enabling additional workflows.

“We offer more than just one product; we offer workflows and ease of use,” Andrasko says. “In particular, implant workflows and how the scanner technology integrates with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The question is how else can we use the data and merge it with other programs to improve patient results?”

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