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The UTHSC College of Dentistry Partners with LED Imaging to Bring Students Advanced Imaging Technology

Dr. Timothy Hottel, dean of the UTHSC College of Dentistry, demonstrates the new imaging system.
Dr. Timothy Hottel, dean of the UTHSC College of Dentistry, demonstrates the new imaging system from LED Imaging.

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 thanks to a partnership between the College of Dentistry and LED Imaging,  a  new division of LED Dental. 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.

According to LED Imaging, the partnership demonstrates the company’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 Timothy Hottel, DDS, MS, MBA, professor and dean of the College of Dentistry. “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 ensures practitioners can quickly capture high-quality 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. Exclusive noise-reduction algorithms enhance image quality by removing image noise that could otherwise blur the finished product.

“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  on-campus teaching clinic. The dental clinic provides learning opportunities for students and oral health care to the community, averaging more than 52,000 patient visits a year.

To learn more about LED Imaging, visit www.led-imaging.com. To learn more about the College of Dentistry, visit www.uthsc.edu/dentistry.