Seeing is believing: iTero Element 5D Imaging System
Align Technology announced earlier this year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the award-winning iTero Element 5D Imaging System for commercial availability in the United States.
The iTero Element 5D Imaging System expands the suite of existing high-precision, full-color imaging and fast scan times of the iTero Element intraoral scanner portfolio with a new clinical approach, optimized orthodontic and restorative dental workflows, and an improved doctor experience, according to the company.
In addition, iTero Element 5D Imaging System visualization tools improve patient engagement and communication by helping patients see and better understand their current dental health, their treatment plan options and prescribed outcome on the iTero touchscreen, enabling better patient education, engagement and compliance during treatment.
The iTero Element 5D scanner is the first integrated dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3-D, intra-oral color and NIRI images and enables comparison over time using iTero TimeLapse. This aids doctors in detecting and monitoring the progression of interproximal caries above the gingiva without using harmful radiation, thereby helping to ensure that patients receive even better care with visualization, education and treatment acceptance, the company asserts.
The diagnosis of carious lesions, especially interproximal lesions or those between teeth, can be hampered by several factors, including variations in the shape and alignment of teeth and traditional limitations of X-ray examinations that include variability in exposure level, bad angulations in the captured image or overlapping contacts in the image, among other factors. With the iTero Element 5D Imaging System, doctors can scan patients at each visit to view a patient’s progress over time and together view treatment options that result in clearer decisions for better clinical care.
More than just a scanner
With one full arch scan, completed in as little as 60 seconds, the iTero Element 5D Imaging System provides doctors with powerful visualization capabilities, including:
- NIRI (near infrared image).
- Intraoral camera.
- 3-D impressions for restorative and orthodontic work.
- Analysis instruments, such as the Occlusogram occlusal clearance tool.
- iTero TimeLapse technology.
- Invisalign Outcome Simulator and Progress Assessment.
- Data on file at Align Technology, as of December 4, 2018.
- Data on file at Align Technology, as of February 10, 2017.
(Source: Align Technology)