ATLANTA – April 22, 2014 – Students, residents, and faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry will now have access to new, sophisticated oral and maxillofacial imaging technology due to a partnership between the UT College of Dentistry and LED Imaging, a new division of LED Dental announced earlier this month. Residents and dental students will receive hands-on training with the RAYSCAN α – Expert, a multi-function digital imaging system, as part of their clinical training. This partnership demonstrates LED Imaging’s commitment to providing revolutionary technology to the dental industry and enhancing the education offered to the dentists and dental specialists of tomorrow.
“LED Imaging’s technology is vital to our clinical efforts and a tremendous asset to our students, faculty and community,” said Professor and Dean of the UT College of Dentistry Dr. Timothy Hottel. “The RAYSCAN α – Expert puts some of the best oral health imaging technology on the market in the hands of our students, so our graduates can feel confident that they received the highest diagnostic training available and will be able to apply what they learned when caring for their patients.”
The RAYSCAN α – Expert features 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), panoramic and cephalometric capabilities. The system, developed by Ray Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Samsung, secures the images practitioners need to make fast and accurate diagnoses. The RAYSCAN α – Expert’s 3D images are captured using an optimal 9 cm x 9 cm field of view, while its CMOS and Direct Deposition Cesium Iodide (CsI) Detector ensure practitioners can quickly capture high-quality, 16-bit DICOM images at a low radiation dose. To minimize error from patient positioning and movement, the system’s focal trough is stabilized and controlled through Adaptive Moving Focus technology. The RAYSCAN α – Expert’s exclusive noise-reduction algorithms enhance image quality by removing image noise that could otherwise blur the image.
“The dental industry is rapidly adopting 3D technology, and it is becoming the standard of care in certain clinical applications,” said Lamar Roberts, president of LED Imaging. “We strongly believe that the use of advanced CBCT imaging is essential to the diagnostic training of the next generation of dental practitioners. We are excited to champion this endeavor with the UT College of Dentistry, and we look forward to partnering with other academic institutions in the future.”
The RAYSCAN α – Expert, the world’s first imaging system to utilize a wireless remote control for patient positioning, helps teach students the techniques for proper patient positioning for panoramic, cephalometric and CBCT image acquisition. Additionally, green, blue, yellow and red LED illumination indicates the status of the unit to the students at a glance: ready, standby, exposure and emergency, respectively. This ensures they are able to capture images effectively and efficiently for more accurate diagnoses.
This new equipment brings the latest in dental imaging technology to the University’s on-campus teaching clinic. The clinic provides learning opportunities for students and oral health care to the community, averaging more than 52,000 patient visits a year.