3DIO introduces low-dose, patient-friendly, 3D intra-oral X-ray. High-resolution images will set a new standard of care in dentistry.
3D x-ray (computed Tomography - CT) is impacting mammography and many other x-ray imaging applications. Cone Beam CT is becoming common in dentistry, but it delivers a high x-ray dose (~100x the typical bite-wing x-ray) and is a low-resolution image. Low-dose, high-resolution (20 micrometers or better) 3D imaging will enable improved dental treatments and better patient outcomes for implants, caries treatment, root canals, and other procedures. In many cases, treatment time can be significantly reduced.
X-ray detector, the system will provide higher resolution 3D dental images at a lower over-all patient radiation dose than the current Cone -Beam CT systems that are considered state of the art today. A proof-of-concept 3DIO device has been developed and demonstrated by the research and engineering team at Turner Innovations using a combination of NIH SBIR and Utah State funds. Turner Innovations has transferred ownership of the intellectual proper t y, proprietar y designs, Trade Secrets, and other technology and know-how developed with these funds to 3DIO.System operation will be essentially identical to the current 2D imaging work-flow that dentists have used for decades. The dental technician will position the intraoral detector in the mouth, position the X-ray source by the side of the patient’s head, initiate an X-ray scan taking about 4 seconds, and then remove the detector and return the x-ray source to its stowed position as the 3D images are automatically prepared for viewing. Calculation of the 3D images will take approximately 30 seconds af ter the X-ray scan is completed. The 3D images will be displayed on a flat panel display positioned as desired within the exam room. The patient will hardly be aware that anything in her visit to the dentist has changed, but will be impressed by the clarit y and “realit y ” of the 3D imag-es she will see. The system will have the following features: Dental-imaging workflow that is identical to the existing 2D imaging practice. Wireless, high-speed data communication allowing easy installation with no high-speed ethernet or other data cabling. Image processing and AI-assisted image analysis and diagnosis features com-petitive with the best current 2D and 3D dental imaging systems Low-x-ray dose High-resolution images and CAD/CAM data suitable for procedure planning and fabrication of bridges, implants, etc. Costs that are only about 60% more than current 2D dental x-ray technology. An image file showing a concept drawing of the system will be uploaded.