Dental Innovator: The Gendex advantage of 3D options [VIDEO]

July 16, 2013

“It is all about the user experience.”

“It is all about the user experience.”

Q: Gendex is a strong brand in a number of imaging categories, but you’ve been extremely muscular in promoting 3D imaging. What drives the excitement behind this category?

A: Gendex always has been a leader in dental imaging technology by providing cutting edge solutions for the dental professional. 3D digital x-rays, also referred to as Cone Beam CT (CBCT), provide state-of-the-art scans of the mouth and jaw area in a matter of seconds.

These 3D CBCT x-rays provide a wealth of information used to precisely plan for treatment prior to any procedure’s beginning. The patient anatomy is seen in 3D, rather than the traditional flat 2D view, which provides more complete visual information to study the case from every angle. 3D Cone Beam x-ray images give the doctor more of the high quality, detailed visual information they want for diagnosis and planning. More complete information is not only important to the dental workflow, but also is vital to improved patient care.

Q: With so many 3D options available, what do you see as the Gendex advantage?

A: For more than 120 years Gendex has been providing innovative and dependable imaging solutions to dental professionals. We design imaging solutions that provide vital information to support accurate diagnosis and predictable treatment planning. With the introduction of the new GXDP-700™ Series system, Gendex offers the clinician the power of choice with the modular 3-in-1 system.

Choose the solutions that best fit the practice’s imaging needs. From general preventive care to implants, extractions, root treatments, and orthodontics, the GXDP-700 is a flexible system capable of being upgraded from panoramic to cephalometric and Cone Bean 3D. It is all about the user experience.

From the large easy-to-use touchscreen LCD interface, to the EasyPosition™ repeatable patient positioning system, the GXDP-700 delivers high quality, consistent imaging results. This ensures increased predictability confidence in the treatment planning phase. Plus, the compact footprint allows the unit to be installed in any space-limited location.

Q: This year, you introduced the SRT - Scatter Reduction Technology - feature. How does this benefit the dentist?

A: Metal and other dense radio-opaque materials present in the patient’s mouth during a Cone Beam CT scan have been problematic in the past with respect to image quality. The resulting image could contain streaking artifacts and distortion to the surrounding areas around the metals present. Recently Gendex introduced SRT™, Scatter Reduction Technology, to its award-winning GXDP-700™ Cone Beam 3D system.

This new feature allows clinicians to reduce artifacts caused by metal or radio-opaque objects such as restorations, endodontic filling materials, and implant posts. The use of SRT image optimization technology delivers 3D scans with higher clarity and detail around scatter-generating material. SRT represents a significant aid when 3D scans are required for a variety of procedures from endodontic to restorative and the post-surgical assessment of implant sites.

Q: What do you see as some of the most misunderstood aspects of 3D imaging technology?

A: When I have the opportunity to speak to a doctor about 3D imaging, several common myths prevail: 1. The unit is producing too much radiation; 2. The software is too hard to use; 3. There are increased liability concerns.

In reality, the radiation levels produced by today’s CBCT machines are not much more, and in some cases less, than that of a standard panoramic 2D x-ray unit, but with increased benefits to the clinician and patient. The software being offered with the 3D machines today is intuitive and easy-to-use while delivering repeatable and reliable results and decreasing workflow time.

Other clinicians feel that by going to 3D they give up their opportunity to take 2D images. With the GXDP-700, all of these common myths are unfounded or untrue. Because the GXDP-700 comes in a modular platform, 3D images along with commonly used 2D panoramic and cephalometric images are available using the same machine. So the clinician has the ability to invest in only the imaging capabilities currently needed with the possibility of adding more as the practice expands.

FEATURED PRODUCT

GXDP-700

The GXDP-700™ Series is a 3-in-1 system designed to help dentists achieve their clinical goals.  Along with the ability to transform from 2D Panoramics to Cephalometrics to 3D, the GXDP-700 Series gives clinicians dependable image capture of a wide variety of radiographs. These images are valuable for diagnosis and treatment planning of caries, root investigation, orthodontics, implants, and other surgical procedures, as well as patient education.

Earlier this year, Gendex introduced SRT, Scatter Reduction Technology, to the GXDP-700 system. The use of SRT image optimization technology delivers 3D scans with higher clarity and detail around scatter-generating material. The activation of SRT is a very simple and easy step. When a scan is prescribed near a known area of scatter generating material, the user only needs to select the SRT button from the GXDP-700 touchscreen interface to use this new optimization technology.