The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry has selected BreakAway, Ltd. to develop a virtual, 3D simulator to help teach students dental implant procedures. The virtual dental office is designed to improve student learning outcomes in the areas of diagnostics, decision making and treatment protocols for enhanced patient therapy outcomes and risk management. The computer application will be initially developed and tested in conjunction with MCG dental students and faculty. It will then be tested by other universities in the NobelBiocare University Partner Program and distributed globally.
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ImplantVision have added to their implant-centered patient education system `PatientVu` by releasing it in 12 languages. The available languages are: Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Russian and Polish.
The Philips `Brilliance` CT scanner was unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America. The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images.
It also generates images in a fraction of the time of other scanners: a full body scan takes less than a minute. This scanner allows radiologists to produce high quality images and is also designed to reduce patients` exposure to X-rays,” Steve Rusckowski, chief executive of Philips Medical Systems, said. “It is so powerful it can capture an image of the entire heart in just two beats.” “This is a quantum shift from the first CT scanners as it gives a lot more detail,” says Dr Keith Prowse, Chairman of the British Lung Foundation.
Materialise has filed a US lawsuit against Nobel Biocare for patent infringement. Materialise contends that Nobel Biocare’s manufacture of “NobelGuide” drilling template violates a Materialise U.S. patent that was issued in 1998 relating to Materialise’s “SurgiGuide” techniques. The lawsuit in the U.S. is effectively an extension of a similar action in Europe where this past August the District Court of Dusseldorf ordered Nobel Biocare AB and Nobel Biocare Deutschland GmbH to stop offering the NobelGuide drilling templates in Germany, finding that they infringed Materialise’s analogous European Patent. This decision is subject to an appeal of Nobel Biocare pending at the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals. Materialise’s U.S. lawsuit is also a response to a recent Nobel Biocare civil action (also filed in the Central District Court of California) that seeks declaratory judgments that Materialise’s U.S. patent is both not infringed by Nobel Biocare’s products and is invalid. Bart Swaelens, CEO of Materialise Dental, said: “With this lawsuit, we are protecting our technology. Our “SimPlant” software was launched in 1991, and was followed by our “SurgiGuide” drill guides in 1999. The introduction of NobelGuide by Nobel Biocare, on the other hand, did not occur until 2005. “
Implantvision has released both a PC-based and web-based version of their patient education solution, Patient-VU. This application is specifically geared towards implantology practice. These products feature narrated videos and animation to demonstrate various common implantology-related concepts to patients.
Materialise`s soon to be released Simplant 11 will feature realistic renderings of stock implant abutments. This will allow implantologists to choose realistic stock implant abutments based upon shape, tissue cuff height, diameter and purpose prior to the placement of the actual implants.
Astratech has released a customized version of Simplant for use with their implant system. The software program also contains 3D images of implants, abutments and teeth. This ensures efficient, accurate and reliable planning of implant positions, sizes and number of implants, and abutments to be used. In addition it provides better control over the esthetic outcome. When the case is planned, a surgical guide is ordered to make sure that the planning result will be replicated in the real surgical situation.
Sirona have received the FDA`s 510K approval for their Galileos 3D X-ray imaging system. This system uses a Cone Beam-based technology that calculates a large volume 3D image set, more than 200 exposures, in a single low-dose 3D scan of 15 seconds or less. This 3D image set is processed and presented in the new GALILEOS software, an advanced extension of Sirona’s SIDEXIS XG imaging software.
IVS Solutions AG has released a 2-dimensional implant placement planner that uses panoromic and peri-apical xrays for the implantologist to design the type and position of the implant(s). The software then produces a surgical plan which lists the implants planned for placement as well as an image of the planned implant positioned on the xray.
Dental Implan Inc , has released patient education software to assist practitioners in explaining to patients what a proposed treatment plan will involve. The software was developed for Jeffrey Ganeles, a florida periodontist, to enhance and streamline patient consultations.
XCPT is an implant treatment planning program created by a Florida periodontist. The dental practitioner can import a patient`s radiographs (panoramic, peri-apicals) and then using the implant templates and other tools visually plan a patient`s treatment.
Conebeam.com a comprehensive website devoted to the art and science of conebeam ct scanners has an excellent review of all the different implant planning and surgical guide products. An astonishing 10 different systems are available. Most of the usual vendors: Materialise, Nobel Biocare Teeth in an hour, Denx and ILS are listed, but also some new and innovative systems from smaller vendors.
RoboDent`s navigation and implant placement planning software works with its Lapdoc system to give realtime visual feedback on the angle, depth and direction of implant placement. It uses 5mm titanium microspheres attached to the handpiece to track the position of the drill tip in realtime allowing the implantologist to see the depth and angle of implant placement.
DenX`s innovative CT-image driven implant planning and placement system, `IGI`, was recently honoured with a Medical Design Excellence Award. IGI allows a virtual implant to be placed on the CT image with the assistance of advanced planning tools. During the surgical procedure, the clinician guides the implant to the precise location, angle and depth required according to the plan. Real-time localization feedback assisted by audio and visual media allows the clinician to monitor the success of the procedure and avoid critical mistakes at all times.
* This is an interesting design competitor to Tactile Tech`s ILS System as previously reported on osseotech.com
NSK has introduced several improved features to their implantology handpiece and motor system. The `Surgic XT Plus` features a fiber-optic handpiece to illuminate the osteotomy site and a torque calibration feature to ensure precise speed and torque during surgery.