21 May 2009

The CDA Presents..

With my focus largely on the dental industry, I had informed my clients that I was heading to the CDA Presents in Anaheim to see what was up and coming in technology. As several of them were not attending, I received requests to look into a few things. One of those requests was for intraoral cameras.

Visiting the numerous vendors provided quite a bit of insight on the products currently on the market as well as the products coming in the next few months. Knowing what kind of questions to ask from a technical stance proved enlightening and also gave a few of the presenters pause. Perhaps they're not accustomed to justifying their product technically. In any case, an intraoral camera that impressed me was the coming Polaris USB by Air Techniques. The specifications are very much in line with all other intraoral cameras. What sets it apart is the swivel head for capturing images from bottom to top without the need to rotate the camera in your hand. Additionally, the inexpensive USB connectivity cord that can be left in each operatory transporting only the handheld just makes sense.

As I mentioned, this product is coming to market so only time will tell if it proves to live up to the whitepapers and demonstrations. Integration with the major imaging software vendors will be key. One can only hope the introduction is quick and smooth.

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