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.
About The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry
Founded in 1878, the UT College of Dentistry maintains a four-year dental program totaling approximately 360 students. In addition, approximately 60 residents are enrolled in postgraduate dental programs. The college is dedicated to providing professional, graduate and postgraduate education; conducting dental research; and delivering state-of-the-art patient care and public service. The college’s clinics provide more than 52,000 patient visits per year to support oral health care in the community. More than 75 percent of the dentists practicing in Tennessee were educated and trained at the UT College of Dentistry in Memphis.
As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.
About LED Dental
LED Dental is a wholly owned subsidiary of LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. Founded by the creator of the award-winning VELscope® tissue fluorescence visualization technology, LED Dental now also features the LED Imaging division that provides dentists and oral health specialists with advanced diagnostic imaging products and software. Backed by an experienced leadership team dedicated to a higher level of service and support, LED Dental products seamlessly integrate into dental practices. The company is committed to providing dental practitioners with the best technology available by identifying and adding strong products to its growing portfolio. For more information, call 888.541.4614 or visit www.leddental.com.
About LED Medical Diagnostics Inc.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. is a leading developer of LEDbased visualization technologies for the medical industry. The company designs and manufactures the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, the first system in the world to apply tissue fluorescence visualization technology to the oral cavity. Available through major dental supply distributors, the VELscope® Vx is used to conduct more screenings for oral cancer and other oral diseases than any other adjunctive device. LED Medical Diagnostics is currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSXV) under the symbol “LMD,” the OTCQX under the symbol “LEDIF,” as well as the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “LME.” For more information, visit www.ledmd.com.