Digital X-ray units provide accurate visualization

March 2, 2007
Planmeca ProMax product line provides the dental practice with digital panoramic, cephalometric, tomographic, and three-dimensional imaging.

Planmeca ProMax X-ray units provide a complete range of extraoral X-ray
imaging modalities for modern surgical dentistry.

The state-of-the-art Planmeca ProMax platform utilises robotic SCARA technology that enables free formation of the imaging geometry and provides precise movements required in rotational maxillofacial radiography. Planmeca ProMax and Planmeca ProMax 3D offer the widest selection of panoramic and
tomographic imaging programs.

The Planmeca ProMax product line provides the dental practice with digital
panoramic, cephalometric, tomographic, and three-dimensional imaging. Each
Planmeca ProMax incorporates a digitally controlled X-ray generator, allowing a fast pulse sequence and an Ethernet-based data path to its digital sensor for high capacity of image transfer.

The uniqueness of the Planmeca ProMax platform lies in its upgradability, as the 3D imaging modality is reached by a mere upgrade of the Planmeca ProMax digital X-ray.

With the unique SCARA technology (Selectively Compliant Articulated Robot
Arm), the imaging geometry is calculated by software and performed with a
three-joint robotic SCARA arm. The SCARA arm can produce any movement
pattern that is required in existing or future exposure programs; hence
imaging capabilities have no mechanical restrictions.

Moreover, this technology allows upgrade of new imaging programs through software and enables optimal radiography for each individual patient type and for virtually any need of maxillofacial diagnostics.

Planmeca ProMax 3D, the X-ray unit including three-dimensional imaging,
provides excellent tools in areas such as implantology, dental and
maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. Planmeca
ProMax 3D's imaging technique is based on CBVT technology (Cone Beam
Volumetric Tomography), in which the X-ray beam used is shaped in the form
of a cone or a pyramid.

With the new technique, only a single, 18-second semicircle scan is required to generate the necessary image data. Since each image is made using a short X-ray pulse rather than continuous radiation, the actual exposure time is only 6 seconds.

This technique reduces motion artefacts and patient radiation dose considerably. Unlike earlier image intensifiers, the 3D sensor used in Planmeca ProMax 3D is a semiconductor-based flat-panel sensor that is insensitive to electrical or magnetic field disturbances.

The open positioning concept of Planmeca ProMax platform minimises errors
caused by incorrect patient positioning. As the SCARA arm can be moved away
from the patient for positioning, the operator may observe the patient
freely from all directions. A triple laser beam system assists in alignment
by indicating the correct anatomical landmarks accurately.

The full colour TFT display with the graphic user interface guides the
operator with clear and logical program selection. Any new imaging program
is taken into use by entering an activation code on the GUI. This makes
introduction of new features fast and trouble-free.

The advanced design and the functional concept of Planmeca ProMax X-ray
units declare the units can perform superior maxillofacial radiography now
and decades into the future.

In addition, Planmeca is the only company to offer a 3D unit based on their existing X-ray unit, Planmeca ProMax.