Dental x-rays made obsolete
5 November 2007
IDMoS plc (AIM: IDO) has launched its CarieScan caries
detection device and CarieScan Plus caries management support system that
use a novel technique to detect tooth decay.
The CarieScan has the capability to detect tooth decay with higher levels
of accuracy and certainty than existing techniques and without the safety
risks associated with the repeated use of x-rays. A sensor on a small,
handheld diagnostic device measures the loss of minerals that indicates the
onset of decay and provides immediate results.
Early stage detection enables dentists to be able to reverse tooth decay
with preventive care products which should then reduce the need for
fillings. A benefit of greater accuracy is that where fillings are required
that they may be planned with greater precision.
CarieScan was developed
by internationally recognised dental and clinical diagnostics experts
Professor Nigel Pitts and Dr Chris Longbottom and is based on AC impedance
The Dundee, Scotland-based company has received its first order and in
September Denplan Limited agreed to promote IDMoS's CarieScan products to
their network of 6,500 UK dental practices, representing over 70% of the UK
dental plan market.
The company is now developing the system to include a 3D imaging
capability and has started applying the technology to broader medical
applications, including lesion detection and oncology imaging.
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