Corporation gets Canadian government license to market CBCT scanner

Nov. 19, 2007
Proprietary, dental imaging system provides clinicians with detailed three-dimensional, radiographic images of the teeth and jaws along with patient comfort through flexible seating options.

ELMSFORD, New York--AFP Imaging Corporation has announced that it has been granted a medical device license from Health Canada, the federal department that regulates drugs and health products, to market the company's advanced NewTom VG 3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scanner in Canada.

This proprietary, dental imaging system provides the clinician with detailed three-dimensional, radiographic images of the teeth and jaws along with patient comfort through flexible seating options.

NewTom VG ("Vertical Generation") patients can now stand, sit, or remain in their wheel chairs while being scanned. The unit's smaller footprint makes it ideal for in office examination procedures when space is limited in the operatory.

The primary applications are for diagnosis and treatment planning in dentistry and otolaryngology, including dental implants, orthodonture, and maxillo-facial surgery, as well as ear, sinus, and airway imaging.

NewTom CBCT Scanners are dedicated X-ray imaging devices that acquire the clinical image from a 360-degree, rotational x-ray sequence. The digitally reconstructed 3-D radiograph provides superior details of the dento-maxillo-facial complex as well as for the field of maxillofacial surgery.

The software can reconstruct any image from the examined anatomical volume, producing a display of three-dimensional images from any point of view. It is estimated that the market for dental CBCT systems, worldwide, will be more than $600 million in the next few years.

NewTom VG makes use of the same technology and proprietary software as AFP Imaging's NewTom 3G that provides a horizontal support table to accommodate the needs of the elderly, infirm or trauma patients, as well as small children.

AFP Imaging is the only CBCT scanning supplier to provide both vertical and horizontal configurations of this exciting technology for dental and ENT markets. The products are manufactured by Quantitative Radiology, srl Verona, Italy, a wholly owned subsidiary of AFP Imaging. For over ten years, QR has been a global CBCT leader and is the Company's research, development and manufacturing source for the proprietary NewTom technology.

Gary Lee, executive vice president, sales and marketing of Genexa Medical Inc., the exclusive Canadian distributor for NewTom VG and NewTom 3G, said, "We are extremely excited about the Health Canada approval of the latest 3-D CBCT scanner from the company that actually invented cone beam scanning.

The development of the NewTom VG is a culmination of all of the key advances of the previous generations of NewTom scanners, but it also produces images with better resolution, contrast and clarity in a package whose footprint is no larger than a traditional panoramic x-ray scanner."

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