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Companies presented initial research results at the first "Scientific Symposium on ddMRI (dental-dedicated MRI)" in Bensheim, Germany in late April.
Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers recently joined forces to explore the scientific introduction of MRI in dentistry at the first "Scientific Symposium on ddMRI (dental-dedicated MRI)."
For the first time, researchers, and leading scientists from North American and European universities along with representatives from Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers presented the current status of the joint research project for the use of MRI in the dental environment at the event held in Bensheim, Germany. Participants also gained valuable insights into initial case studies. As part of this scientific partnership, the 2 companies are working closely with renowned dental universities worldwide to broaden the awareness of advantages of magnetic resonance imaging in oral diagnostics and to jointly advance the current state of dental care.
“Working with ddMRI has opened many new possibilities regarding how much can be achieved in dentomaxillofacial diagnostics. It adds value to the previously established imaging modalities and starts a new field of research for the coming years. I believe fully integrating this innovation into the dental clinic routine will be very straightforward,” says Associate Professor Rubens Spin-Neto, DDS, PhD, dr. odont., Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Section for Oral Radiology, Aarhus University, based on his experience thus far with ddMRI in the research project.
With the increasing demands on dentists and physicians to combine oral and general health aspects, new imaging techniques are gaining importance that have greater sensitivity in detecting early stages of disease, and inflammatory processes. This potentially opens new interdisciplinary fields of research between oral and systemic health.
"The possibility to use MRI for dentistry represents a new milestone in oral diagnostics and a connecting technology between oral and general health care that can make history," says Max Milz, Group Vice President Digital Platforms & Solutions at Dentsply Sirona, in a press release. "We are therefore pleased to evaluate all options together with Siemens Healthineers and to share scientific and technological expertise."
"It is our dedication to bring MRI where it has not been used before. Therefore, we are excited to advance into new clinical territory and to explore the value of MRI in the dental field with Dentsply Sirona. Our MRI systems which are designed to flexibly fit new clinical areas are the ideal basis for this endeavor. We look forward to working with the world's leading dental educational institutions to break the boundaries of preventive and curative dentistry," adds Arthur Kaindl, Head of Magnetic Resonance at Siemens Healthineers.
Siemens Healthineers is committed to enabling physicians to detect diseases earlier and provide more effective therapies, ultimately improving patient care. Together with its partners, Dentsply Sirona enables dental professionals around the world to deliver world-class dental care to millions of patients – for healthy smiles.