Now that you’ve had a chuckle, you should know that pie — or, come this Monday, Pi — is serious business. March 14th is a day for the geekier among us to celebrate 3.14, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and a mathematical constant. But why get bogged down in complicated math when we can, instead, focus on simple fractions and carve up a sweet treat to share?
Monday is a perfect opportunity to kick off the week right by treating your staff to a piece of pie. If you decide to bring one in for you and the team to share, this year, we recommend Boston Cream (delicious recipe!). Why?
KaVo Kerr Group will be hosting its second annual 3D Dental University (3DU) in Boston. Held October 7-8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, this premier educational event on cone beam 3D imaging will feature world-class speakers as well as hands-on training for dentists and practice staff. The two-day event will cover clinical topics, as well as technology integration and maximizing return on investment.
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Unlike other conferences, this event has a laser focus on the practical aspects of 3D imaging – providing a comprehensive look at the technology, its implications for the dentist, team and patients, and the chance to engage in a collaborative learning environment where thought leaders, peers, product experts and the uninitiated can share real-world wisdom and questions essential to a successful transition to 3D.
SRT Scatter Reduction Technology Wins Pride Institute’s Best of Class Technology Award
Hatfield, PA (August 29, 2013)Gendex, developers of the GXDP-700™ cone beam 3D system, has been honored to receive the Pride Institute’s Best of Class Technology Award for 2013 for its SRT™ Scatter Reduction Technology. Unique in its approach and scope, the Pride Institute’s “Best of Class” Technology Award — now in its fifth year — recognizes products that demonstrate excellence in their category.
SRT image optimization technology delivers 3D scans with higher clarity and detail around scatter-generating material. By using SRT Technology, clinicians are able to reduce artifacts caused by metal or radio-opaque objects such as restorations, endodontic filling materials, and implant posts. 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 utilize this new optimization technology. From endodontic to restorative and the post-surgical assessment of implant sites, SRT offers a significant improvement to image quality.
“We are very proud of this distinction from Pride Institute,” says Filippo Impieri, Director of Marketing, “And we are thrilled that the result of our dedication to research and development has been recognized by this distinguished panel.” He adds, “Our proprietary SRT technology further enhances the diagnostic capabilities of the modular GXDP-700 Series.”
Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, President of Pride Institute and founder of the “Best of Class” Technology Award noted, “Over the past two years, the panel has been particularly interested to see what companies would take the initiative in responding to the need to reduce radiation in their next generation products. The SRT Technology by Gendex, allows clinicians to reduce scatter radiation and artifacts, thereby providing an impactful solution to a longstanding issue. Even more critical, the system’s focused field of view gives the practitioner the control to expose a smaller area to radiation dose, therefore reducing radiation exposure. Gendex is commended for committing the time and dollars to researching and developing this new technology. They received high praise from the panel for taking a leadership role in responding to the needs of the dental community and most importantly the patients they treat.”
The panel is committed to an unbiased and rigorous selection method. Throughout the course of the year, members of the panel review new and existing technologies in preparation for the vote. Panelists who receive compensation from dental companies are prevented from voting in that company’s category. This provides the dental professional with a product perspective untainted by manufacturer intervention.
Gendex’s design philosophy focuses on delivering award-winning innovations with clinicians and patients in mind, and the addition of the SRT to the GXDP-700 platform aligns with that goal. The company’s strong history in continuing innovation, along with a deep dedication to deliver products that exceed the needs of dental professionals, have earned Gendex recognition as a global leader.
With the advent of any new technology, it’s important for dental professionals to consider not only cost and risks, but also the benefits of switching. In the case of 3D dental imaging, the advantages are clear, granting practitioners and patients alike a better clinical experience.
A dental 3D scan allows clinicians to view dental anatomy from different angles. A 3D scan can help gain a better view of bone structures, such as adjacent root positions, in order to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide the ability to more accurately measure anatomical structures. These scans also support a wide range of diagnosis and treatment planning, making them extremely flexible. Further, they increase the possibility of treatment success, granting practitioners greater predictability and confidence in preparing for extractions, performing root evaluations, and placing implants.
3D dental imaging also delivers the power of repeatability, providing fast and accurate imaging that’s consistent—and thus, reliable. Using a 3D dental scanner equips dental professionals with a comprehensive view, letting them see specific conditions in the region of interest to determine whether a treatment is necessary. Because details show up so clearly, patients can be more confident in a dentist’s decision. In addition, the use of dental imaging technology often creates a more comfortable and engaging dental visit for the patient.
The Gendex GXDP-700 Series features the pinnacle of 3D dental imaging technology, allowing dentists to plan for more predictable treatment outcomes by taking advantage of powerful 3D software analysis and simulation tools. Plus, dental practitioners can control the exposure and the size of scanned areas using the system’s flexible field-of-view (FOV) to meet individual patient and clinical needs. As a practice grows to offer additional imaging capabilities, the GXDP-700 imaging solution can be upgraded within your own timeline and budget.
X-ray imaging, including dental 3D (CBCT), provides a fast, non-invasive way of answering a number of clinical questions. Dental CBCT images provide three-dimensional (3D) information, rather than the two-dimensional (2D) information provided by a conventional X-ray image. This may help with the diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of certain conditions. Dental CBCT should be performed only when necessary to provide clinical information that cannot be provided using other imaging modalities. Concerns about radiation exposure are greater for younger patients because they are more sensitive to radiation. For more information about the use, benefits, and risks of CBCT, visit blog.gendex.com/risk-and-benefits-of-CBCT
Over the last few years, Cone Beam 3D imaging has become more widely adopted in dental offices. The information delivered by this technology creates invaluable data for the treatment and implant planning process.
3D scans used in conjunction with 3D implant planning software represent an optimal method for presurgical assessment of dental implant sites. Specifically the use of 3D technology during any augmentation or implant procedure allows clinicians to examine cross-sectional views of the site of interest. 3D imaging provides an extensive amount of information for the clinician, such as bone structure, bone density, root positioning, fractures, and clear measurements of the anatomical structure. Both doctors and patients alike can visibly understand the precise diagnosis, method of entry, treatment and recovery.
Dr. Norberto Velázquez in Greenville, NC shares his experience with the Gendex GXDP-700 Pan/3D imaging system and talks about why 3D Imaging makes implant planning more predictable.
Implant Planning with 3D/CBCT
The case presented represents a typical instance where an implant is required in the area of the first or second premolar. A three-dimensional scan is used to accurately locate the exact position of important anatomic structures or landmarks. The 3D scan and software allow moving, slicing, and viewing the anatomy from any direction.
A critical step is the ability to mark the position of the nerve (marked in red in the images below) — this becomes especially helpful when virtual implants are used. A first look might indicate that the implant on this image (1) could interfere with the inferior alveolar nerve and mental foramen. This is not the case.
This image (2) is a disto-facial view of the 3D scan showing appropriate clearance between the implant, inferior nerve, and the mental foramen — as indicated by the mint circle. In addition, the Invivo5 software provides a visual indication of such clearance by coloring green the implant model in the lower left of the screen.
The arch section of the software shows axial, sagittal, and coronal slices. Multiple views (3) provide a more comprehensive understanding of the anatomical features of the patient. After surgery, a follow up with a post-operative image (4), either 2D or 3D, can be done based on case necessity.
Dr. Velázquez’s Conclusion
The GXDP-700 system offers several functionalities that benefit my patients. The advantage of the extra dimension to both implant patients for me, and orthodontic patients for my wife, is incalculable. This machine has become a basic part of the diagnostic process for implants — like my explorer and mirror. It allows me to see the location of important anatomical structures and landmarks so I can avoid additional or unnecessary invasive procedures.
With the scan, I can inform patients of my implant treatment plan, and show them how the surgery will proceed. They gain confidence in my knowledge of their dental anatomy even before surgery begins. Before 3D, a surprise could pop up during surgery. Then, the patient would be disappointed that he or she was not going to get an implant immediately, but needed an additional procedure first, such as grafting. My patients understand that I have implemented this technology for the sake of their dental health.
For a dentist, the opportunity for improved diagnostic capabilities is always a benefit to the patient. While they are not always directly aware of all the advantages, the information that I obtain from these pans and scans is beneficial for their care. I witness these benefits every day, in increased patient communication and more successful treatment outcomes.
Norberto Velázquez, DDS - Greenville, NC
Dr. Velázquez graduated from dental school in 2002 and attended a general practice residence (GPR) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from June of 2002 until June 2003. Shortly after finishing the GPR residence, Dr. Velázquez moved to Greenville, NC and worked in Kinston for the J.H. Rose Dental Clinic as the Dental Director for four years. Dr. Velázquez has advanced education in implantology and enjoys working on cosmetic procedures, oral surgery, crown and bridge (prosthetics), implants, and dentures. He just finished another intensive implant course.
Your clear path for growth begins with the GXDP-700™ Series. This dynamic system starts with a digital panoramic with sophisticated styling and an ergonomic design including an advanced touchscreen interface. The GXDP-700 is a modular system, upgradeable from 2D panoramic to Cephalometrics or 3D Cone Beam with flexible field-of-view, or both.
“It’s been fantastic!” said Peter Thomson, Gendex Territory Sales Manager, about the Midwinter Meeting. “It’s been a great turnout. We’ve had a lot of great questions from doctors; they’re so interested in imaging technology, coming by with their staff to see what’s new from Gendex.” The technology most doctors and staffs were particularly interested in exploring this year can be found in panoramic and cone beam 3D (CBCT) systems like the GXDP-700™ and digital intraoral sensors like the GXS-700™.
Dentists and staffs were particularly interested in digital panorex systems, says Erik Beard, Territory Sales Manager for Gendex. “They look at it as a new solution to expand the range of services and treatments provided to patients," Beard said. "They know it’s so much faster to take a panoramic than a full mouth series, so they are interest to see how digital panoramic images can complement intraoral x-rays.” Throughout the conference, Gendex representatives demonstrated the features of Gendex solutions and explained the ultimate benefits they bring to patients, doctors and staffs.
They’re also ready to answer attendee questions like, “How adding panoramic imaging increase productivity in my practice?” They can even explain how Gendex systems compare to the competition: “Very well,” answers Justin Dickinson, Gendex Territory Sales Manager. “We’ve got award-winning products that exemplify our commitment to continuing innovation and provide dependable performace” he says, explaining that patient comfort and workflow efficienciew are a major focus.
The Gendex GX-Pan has been one of the most popular Gendex panoramic x-ray machine for decades - and for good reason.
Its solid construction and reliable performance have made it an imaging fundation for thousands of dental practices.
Many things have changed since the Gendex GX-Pan was designed. Direct digital technology has become the industry standard for dental panorex machines. These digital panoramic x-ray systems do not require cumbersome dark rooms, costly film x-rays, nor harmful chemicals, resulting in a more efficient and win-win solution for your practice, your patients, and your staff.
Several offices get stuck in the process of upgrading to digital radiography. Here are 3 initial steps you can take:
Evaluate your practice's clinical needs
Learn about your options
Ask your peers or industry experts
1. Evaluate Your Practice's Clinical Needs
The first step in this process is to evaluate your practice imaging needs. Modern digital panorex are capable of offering not only a standard panoramic x-ray view, but also to acquire optimal pediatric panoramic x-rays, extraoral bitewing views, cephalometric projections, and even Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans, also known as dental 3D scans. How do you choose among all these options?
It is important to focus on your practice needs. Specifically, you want to identify the procedures you are performing today and anticipate the treatments your practice will likely offer in the near future. Do you see your practice on a path to growth? Are you offering more and more specialized treatments like implant placements, endodontic treatments, and orthodontics? The answers to these questions can help you make a more informed decision on the dental imaging capabilities that your next digital panorex should be able to provide.
2. Learn About Your Options
There are several digital panoramic options in the market, but which one is right for you and your practice?
Once you have a clear understanding of your existing and future clinical needs, the next step is to explore available machines to meet those needs. One caveat is understanding your position with respect to 3D imaging, or the potential to upgrade to 3D in the future. In fact, while your office might not be in a position to benefit from 3D imaging today, you may want to choose a digital panorex that can be easily and effectively upgraded to Cone Beam 3D at a later date.
If you have relied on a Gendex GX-Pan for years, and would like to count on Gendex for your next digital panorex, you'll be comforted by the fact that Gendex is able to offer a comprehensive platform of digital panoramic solutions. Starting with the Gendex GXDP-300 digital panoramic system, to the Gendex GXDP-700 Series - a modular platform able to meet your Panoramic, Cephalometric and Cone Beam 3D imaging needs. Here is a comparative snapshot of the Gendex extraoral product line:
GXDP-700 Digital Pan, also upgradable w/ Ceph and 3D (left); GXDP-300 Digital Pan (right)
Trying to anticipate your practice's future needs is a smart thing to do, but when you add extra imaging capabilities to your panoramic system, your initial investment also goes up. However, going with the cheapest panorex for sale or the panoramic x-ray on promotion at the moment might not be the right choice for your practice if it is not upgradeable to meet your growing needs. Therefore it is critical to understand the real cost of a digital panorex, and the price you can afford. Here are Simple Return On Investment (ROI) Calcutators you can use to better understand the economics of your investment.
3. Ask Your Peers or Industry Experts
If you are trying to determine the best options to upgrade your GX-Pan panorex, you are not the only one. Several offices have already upgraded to digital technology or are in the process of doing so. Consulting with peers will allow you to gather helpful insights and learn how other professionals have succesfully gone digital.
Upgrading your GX-Pan to a digital panorex can be a simple task, but getting qualified assistance is critical to ensure you are making the right selection. Ask your local authorized Gendex dealer, or contact one of our qualified sales rep to receive more information about Gendex products, schedule a consultation, or a convenient in-office visit/demonstration.
The Gendex GXDP-300™ and GXDP-700™ systems are the pinnacle of Gendex's innovation in dental panoramic x-ray. Their intelligent touchscreen interfaces, sleek design features, and advanced diagnostic options are only a few examples of the company's commitment to innovation. These achievements were the culmination of decades of dedication to dental imaging. So let's step back in time for a journey along Gendex innovations in dental panoramic x-ray technology.
During the 1970s, the GE-3000 was introduced as the company's first line of panoramic x-ray machines. The film support was cylindrical in shape to allow the film to rotate as it was being exposed to x-rays. A few years later, the breakthrough Panelipse™ was launched. This was a benchmark panorex and the first system to produce panoramic images with a constant magnification factor to achieve a proportionate representation of anatomical structures within the image.
Right: The GE-3000 Pan (1970s), Left: The GXDP-700 Pan, Ceph, and 3D (2011)
During the 1980s, Gendex's continuous desire to innovate and elevate the quality of dental care led its research and development team to the design and launch of the Gendex GX-Pan, which later became truly iconic dental panoramic x-ray equipment. The next generation of dental pans was even more exciting. The Orthoralix series, with its 9200 and 9000 versions, were among the first to adopt software-driven motion. Their direct digital series, the Orthoralix 9200 DDE and 8500 DDE, led the Gendex digital revolution in dental panoramic technology and real-time imaging processing capabilities.
So what makes today's digital panoramic x-ray machines so special?
Here are some key features:
Instant imaging results to reduce wait times
Eco-friendly process with no chemicals
Increased consistency of imaging results
Software image enhancements available
Electronic sharing and insurance claim processing
New diagnostic views from bitewing to 3D scans
In August 2011, Gendex introduced a completely new extraoral platform featuring the GXDP-300 Pan and GXDP-700 Pan/Ceph/3D systems. These units reflect the Gendex tradition and our commitment to the clinician's experience, patient comfort, and innovation. The easy-to-use and intuitive touchscreen interfaces make operating these panoramic units as easy as 1-2-3. Gendex EasyPosition™ patient positioning system allows for a comfortable and proper patient position, resulting in crisp panoramic imaging results.
If you are wondering why you should invest in a digital panoramic x-ray machine or upgrade your existing panoramic equipment, read Dr. Velazquez's ADA Peer2Peer study case on implant planning made possible with the aid of 3D x-ray scans, or listen to Dr. Annie Sohn talking about adopting digital panoramic x-ray technology in her practice.
On the other hand, if you are interested in taking the next step and discuss your practice digital imaging needs and learn more about how the Gendex digital panorex can benefit you and your pactients, contact a Gendex sales representative by clicking on the banner below. We will reach out to you as soon as possible.
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Gendex GXDP-300 Digital Pan:
Gendex GXDP-700 Digital Pan, Ceph, and 3D Cone Beam (CBCT):