3DISC Launches FireCR Dental Reader at 2012 RSNA

Press Release, November 19th, 2012

Compact, Affordable System Improves Productivity & Optimizes Chairside Time With Patients

3DISC Imaging, a manufacturer of digital imaging products, has launched a compact, affordable computed radiography system for the dental market designed to provide rapid, high-quality reading of reusable dental imaging plates. With its small footprint, the FireCR Dental Reader fits seamlessly into even the most space-challenged dental offices and exam rooms, improving productivity and optimizing chairside time with patients. The FireCR Dental Reader will be introduced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago Nov. 25–30 (Booth #4406).

Sigrid Smitt-Jeppesen, CEO of 3DISC Americas, said dental practices today are increasingly looking to digital solutions, but the expense and cumbersome imaging plates of direct digital systems limit their appeal. “Computed radiography is the answer for many practices, and we’ve worked hard to ensure that our new FireCR Dental Reader provides all of the features needed to help dental practices achieve the workflow and patient care benefits of digital imaging while optimizing chairside time with patients.”

The FireCR Dental Reader’s elegant design combines with a powerful yet easy-to-use system. The reader is DICOM 3.0 compatible with existing systems and uses reusable bite-wing and intraoral imaging plates that are easier and faster to position than intraoral digital sensors. Importantly, a true size 4c imaging plate is available, so technicians don’t have to use software stitching to combine images from two size 3 plates—a cumbersome and inefficient process. Unlike some systems, there also is no need to purchase and use protective covers for imaging plates—eliminating extra steps and expense.

The FireCR Dental reader also features a unique color touch-screen LCD panel for seamless device operation. With no physical push buttons on the unit and an intuitive user interface, entering operator instructions has never been easier. The system’s automated, magnetized feeding tray offers “push and go” functionality, making it simple to operate for technicians.

Thomas Weldingh, CEO of 3DISC Europe, said that, in addition to its simple “push and go” operation, the FireCR Dental Reader features other automated processes that are key to efficient workflow. “Unique features include integrated erase functions—the system scans and clears the imaging plates so that they are immediately ready to use again,” Weldingh said.

Weldingh said that 3DISC’s QuantorDent Imaging Software optimizes image acquisition, processing, and management. The easy-to-use software supports efficient workflow and requires little training.

3DISC also offers a separate FireCR Dental Reader product that is customized for the unique needs of veterinary practices and veterinary dental clinics. FireCR Dental Readers will be available worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. They are the newest addition to 3DISC’s growing line of compact, affordable CR systems and software products, which also includes the FireCR+ Medical Reader, FireCR+ M Medical Reader, FireCR+ Veterinary Reader, and FireCR+ M Veterinary Reader designed for use in hospitals, clinics, specialty practices such as podiatry and chiropractic offices, and veterinary practices.

About 3DISC Imaging

3DISC specializes in quality imaging products for the medical, dental, podiatry, chiropractic, and veterinary markets. Its products are based on innovative concepts that provide highly productive, compact devices and software that deliver uncompromising image quality at an affordable price. The company has quickly developed strong distribution networks in the United States and Europe, making its leading-edge products available to a growing number of hospitals, clinics, specialty practices, and satellite facilities seeking flexibility that lets them grow.