Sirona Launches New Generation of ORTHOPHOS

Posted on September 18, 2015

Charlotte, NC (September 18, 2015) –The new ORTHOPHOS SL Family has been launched in the US at CEREC 30, Sirona’s celebratory meeting in honor of the 30th anniversary of its industry-changing CEREC CAD/CAM system.

The ORTHOPHOS SL 3D package options provides various volumes that can also be flexibly positioned in the entire mid-face region or lower jaw, is also joined by the ORTHOPHOS SL DCS, an upgradable 2D version of this newest generation built on the proven ORTHOPHOS platform. Both offer Sharp Layer (SL) technology and the Direct Conversion Sensor (DCS), which provide an unprecedented level of image definition for a detailed diagnosis at the lowest possible radiation dose.

In addition, there are numerous features such as EasyPad operation, Easy Volume Indicator (EVI), the AutoPositioner for 2D and 3D patient positioning, and ambient light that further workflow efficiency and support the clinician’s ability to capture the highest resolution with 2D and 3D images that aid in diagnosis and treatment.

Sharp Layer

Sharp Layer technology produces sharp images and automatically adapts the panorama curve of the DCS to the patient’s individual anatomical situation, making it unnecessary to first select jaw morphology and front tooth position, thus simplifying the operation of the x-ray unit.

According to Jörg Haist, Director Product Management Imaging Division at Sirona, SL technology offers numerous other technical features that improve image quality “to provide the best x-ray resolution on the market with ORTHOPHOS SL and win over dentists with high standards all over the world.” It generates several thousand images from different angles during a single rotation, offering excellent panoramic images and the opportunity to correct positioning errors retroactively.

Furthermore, interactive Sharp Layer technology makes it possible to shift the depth of focus retroactively in the buccal-lingual direction, so that in case of unclear overlays, it is immediately apparent which structure is in front and which is behind, and it automatically combines fragments with the best focus to form a single radiographic image with incomparable sharpness.

Direct Conversion Sensor

The revolutionary Direct Conversion Sensor minimizes signal loss and maximizes definition by converting x-rays directly into electrical signals without first converting them into light. As a result, less information is lost and the image data yielded is significantly better in relation to the applied dose. The Direct Conversion Sensor thus generates highly precise x-ray images with a reduced radiation dose especially efficiently.

Flexible options for any practice

The ORTHOPHOS SL is available in multiple configurations to best fit your practice. The ORTHOPHOS SL DCS is a 2D unit ready to be upgraded with a 3D module. ORTHOPHOS SL 3D-i offers various volume sizes—including 5 cm x 5.5 mm for endodontic treatment and 8 mm x 8 for implants. ORTHOPHOS SL 3D-Ai offers up to 11 x 10 cm for airway assessment, which can also be flexibly positioned in the entire mid-face region or lower jaw.

Additionally, ORTHOPHOS SL units can be equipped with an optional cephalometric arm on the left or the right to fit the needs of the practice.


The updated EasyPad, which swivels and twists, guarantees optimal and simple operation. Its touchscreen provides higher resolution and greater contrast with an improved feel and easily visible buttons and symbols, so the user can quickly and easily recognize the functions required.

Patient Positioning Made Easy

Stable patient positioning prevents motion blurring that can impair contrast. With the patented AutoPositioner and the three-point fixation of the head with forehead and temple supports, patients can be positioned for an image easily, safely, and reproducibly.

Furthermore, the 2D units with the motorized three-point head fixation and stable handles provide patients the necessary support, with integrated temple width measurements to ensure
an orbit specific to each patient, resulting in high image resolution. To determine the correct tilt of the head, the ORTHOPHOS SL operator needs only to press up and down arrows on the patented AutoPositioner and indicate it using corresponding symbols and colors on the EasyPad.

On the 3D unit, the Easy Volume Indicator (EVI) light localizers show the patient’s position in the volume. The integrated temple width measurement ensures an orbit specific to each patient and thereby results in high image sharpness. 

Ambient Light

The soothing ambient light has an extensive range of colors for the ORTHOPHOS SL and creates a pleasant atmosphere for patients, fitting perfectly into the image of a modern practice.  

Major Innovations Signals a New Generation

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, a practicing dentist from Raleigh, North Carolina has hailed this latest generation of ORTHOPHOS. “The new ORTHOPHOS SL combines two new technologies that enable high resolution images of anatomical structures at a low dose.” He stresses that the DCS makes an especially efficient generation of imaging possible and points out that it is the addition of the reconstructive Sharp Layer process to the highly developed panoramic process that provides high contrast images for better diagnostics and treatment for patients.

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