How to leap the last 3D hurdle with i-CAT FLX

Dental Products ReportDental Products Report-2013-04-01
Issue 4

The new i-CAT® FLX has features that remove some of dentists’ final barriers to 3D adoption.

The new i-CAT® FLX has features that remove some of dentists’ final barriers to 3D adoption.

At the Chicago Dental Society’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting, the buzz among the thought leaders given access to key product launches was that Imaging Sciences International delivered one of the most impressive with its new i-CAT® FLX.

Here is a brief synopsis of the overall product features as well as a focus on one of the most exciting developments i-CAT® FLX represents.

The big picture

The i-CAT®  FLX is designed to help clinicians quickly diagnose dental conditions with less radiation and develop treatment plans more easily and accurately. This newest system to the i-CAT brand offers 3D planning and treatment tools for implants and restorations, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, plus TMD and airway disorders.

i-CAT®  FLX has a range of features that deliver greater clarity, ease-of-use, and control.

  • Visual iQuity™  image technology provides i-CAT’s clearest 3D and 2D images.*

  • QuickScan+ allows for a full-dentition 3D scan at a lower dose than a panoramic image.*

  • SmartScan STUDIO™’s touchscreen interface and integrated acquisition system yields more control and workflow flexibility by allowing the clinician to easily select the appropriate scan for each patient at the lowest acceptable radiation dose.

  • Ergonomic Stability System (ESS) offers seated positioning, robust head stability, and adjustable seating controls to minimize patient movement. ESS also provides wheelchair accessibility.

  • i-Collimator electronically adjusts the field-of-view to limit radiation only to the area of scanning interest.

  • i-CAT FLX’s small footprint fits easily into any practice.

  • i-PAN™ for traditional 2D panoramic images

As with all i-CAT products, the Tx STUDIO™  optimized treatment planning software provides immediate access to integrated treatment tools for implant planning, surgical guides, and other applications.

“We are thrilled to debut the i-CAT FLX - a complete 3D treatment solution, ” said Kalpana Singh, Sr. Product Manager for Imaging Sciences International. “Given its high level of control over radiation dose and easy workflow, we know the i-CAT FLX can benefit dental team members and the patients they treat.”

The big take-away

In an October 2012 DPR study on dentists’ positions regarding digital imaging, the majority of respondents - 54% - indicated that the “most compelling message” driving digital adoption was less radiation for patients.

With i-CAT FLX, dentists can be more confident in achieving this goal since -to reiterate - QuickScan+ delivers a full-dentition 3D scan at a lower dose than a pan. 

ALARA is an acronym for As Low As Reasonably Achievable. This is a radiation safety principle for minimizing radiation doses and releases of radioactive materials by employing all reasonable methods. ALARA is not only a sound safety principle, but is a regulatory requirement for all radiation safety programs.

The ability to meet personal goals as a clinician while exceeding industry standards removes one of the biggest hurdles to 3D adoption. 

* Data on file.

Check out the video of the launch here:


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