Dentsply Sirona unveils dental MRI technology

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Max Milz (left), group vice president of connected technology solutions at Dentsply Sirona, and Andreas Schneck, head of magnetic resonance at Siemens Healthineers, unveiled the MAGNETOM Free.Max Dental Edition to the press in Freiburg in Germany on 12 June. (Image: Dentsply Sirona)
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Dental Tribune International

Thu. 13. June 2024

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FREIBURG, Germany: A new field of research in dental diagnostics could further the integration of early detection of oral disease into routine dental examinations. Last year, Dentsply Sirona announced that it was working with Germany-based medical technology company Siemens Healthineers to develop dental-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (ddMRI) technology for dento-maxillofacial diagnostics. On 12 June, the company presented a scale model of the MAGNETOM Free.Max Dental Edition to the press in the southern German city of Freiburg and hosted an expert-led ddMRI workshop that outlined the new possibilities presented by the technology.

The media preview was held in Freiburg’s famous old town the day before the 2024 European Congress of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology began. Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers representatives were on hand to explain the technology to media representatives, and experts from the two companies remained in the city to present their collaborative research and development to the scientific community at the congress, which runs until 15 June.

Dentsply Sirona explained in a press release that ddMRI will boost dento-maxillofacial diagnostics by “making the invisible visible”. The company said: “The capability to deliver information on soft tissue, nerves and inflammatory activity potentially enables the early detection of oral disease and could help to prevent overtreatment or under-treatment.”

The MAGNETOM Free.Max Dental Edition ddMRI will boost dentomaxillofacial diagnostics by “making the invisible visible,” says Dentsply Sirona. (Image: Dentsply Sirona)

MAGNETOM Free.Max Dental Edition has a receiver coil—which captures the signals emitted by the tissue during scanning—that is specifically designed for dental applications, facilitating easy patient set-up and providing excellent image quality through scanning protocols that are customised for dental indications. Early clinical trials have demonstrated the unit’s significant potential for radiation-free imaging in applications such as third molar extraction, endodontics, temporomandibular disorder, periodontitis and orthodontics, Dentsply Sirona said.

The unit’s automated focus on dental anatomy offers crucial guidance for the operator, allowing for a set-up, scanning and clean-up process of 20 minutes or less. This workflow is similar to that of capturing a dental CBCT scan. Additionally, with its compact size of 24 m2 and advanced, nearly helium-free cooling technology, the system can greatly minimise infrastructure needs, facilitating easy installation. MAGNETOM Free.Max Dental Edition will be primarily available to dental schools and universities globally.

“I see great potential in this new imaging technique for dento-maxillofacial diagnostics. Seeing more by obtaining additional information to a CBCT scan, for example the soft tissue, means being able to treat patients in a more targeted and maybe more successful way,” commented Prof. Rubens Spin-Neto, an oral radiology expert from the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health at Aarhus University in Denmark who held a lecture at the press event.

“[We] are committed to pioneering breakthroughs in healthcare. The development of ddMRI means entering a new clinical field, and we are excited to partner with Dentsply Sirona for this important step.”—Andreas Schneck, Siemens Healthineers

“We have reached a new milestone in making a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology accessible in the dental space for the benefit of patients,” commented Max Milz, group vice president of connected technology solutions at Dentsply Sirona, at the press briefing. “We are very grateful for the excellent collaboration with Siemens Healthineers, which now allows us to make the diagnostic power of ddMRI available to dentists and their patients. Also, our cloud platform DS Core will support ddMRI, as clinicians can use the platform to share patient cases with referral dentists,” Milz added.

Andreas Schneck, head of MRI at Siemens Healthineers, said: “[We] are committed to pioneering breakthroughs in healthcare. The development of ddMRI means entering a new clinical field, and we are excited to partner with Dentsply Sirona for this important step.”

He added: “As the market leader in MRI, we are able to provide the leading MRI hardware in combination with digital technologies such as artificial intelligence for high-quality image reconstruction and precise, faster diagnoses.”

Siemens Healthineers was spun off from Siemens in 2017. The conglomerate retains a majority ownership stake.

Editorial note:

The product is still under development and not commercially available. Its future availability cannot be ensured.

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