2D imaging in a tech-centric 3D world makes little sense to me. However, that is what we’ve been relegated to in terms of caries detection, until now. There are many forms of consumer imaging that electronically show us a 3D world, including things like animojis with Apple’s newest iPhone. Yet, dental diagnostics has continued to use 2D imaging with traditional radiographs, or 3D imaging in terms of CBCT when it comes to larger fields. We have longed for the day that we can visualize proximal caries or fractures without exposing the patient to ionizing radiation, and that is exactly what DEXIS CariVu does. CariVu utilizes non-ionizing infrared transillumination to inform the clinician exactly where caries are present. Gone are the days where a clinician must expose an otherwise healthy patient to ionizing radiation to judge proximal caries. In today’s world, the technology will show the clinician exactly where the caries is and numerous 3rd party studies state that CariVu is equivalent to bitewing radiographs in terms of proximal caries detection. You’ll find value through the accuracy, conservation, and patient centricity time and time again when using CariVu.
by Dr. Parag Kachalia
Dr. Kachalia is right. Did you ever think a device could challenge the benefits of an intraoral camera for diagnosing problems during a continuing care visit? Well neither did I until we started using the CariVu caries detection device. Seeing a large image on a screen has always allowed us and our patients to relate to the condition of a tooth or restoration more easily. CariVu has taken this a step further with its patented transillumination technology. The device is simple to use and provides information on potential occlusal, interproximal and recurrent caries along with cracks. Often, during our hygiene exams, it’s routine for images to be up on the screen along with any photos or clinical notes identifying potential problems. We use CariVu as an adjunct to the diagnostic process. Do you ever have a challenge eliminating overlap on radiographs? Well, CariVu can help when showing the interproximals, without having to retake x-rays. Parents of young children, who can’t tolerate the x-ray process, also love the fact that an image can be taken using this device. Its success rate in detecting caries has been high enough that it’s now a routine part of every exam.
by Dr. Paresh Shah
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