Editor’s pickThe first CBCT dental scanner from Thailand
DentiiScan 2.0 is the first-ever cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) dental scanner developed by Thailand’s research team from the National Science Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).
Prof Pairash Thajchayapong, senior advisor to NSTDA president, together with two key team leaders – Dr Saowapak Thongvigitmanee, leading software development, and Dr Kritkrai Sitthisereeprathee, the in-charge of hardware development, spearheaded a total of 19 researchers.
Under the Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology awarded the team with Outstanding Technologist Award in 2019.
The project to develop a CBCT scanner for providing 3D internal anatomy images was initiated in 2007. Currently, the platform has three models:
Scanning performance of these CBCT machines was evaluated with a phantom, a specially designed object used for evaluating, analysing, and tuning the performance of medical imaging devices. They were also tested for radiation and electronic product safety according to international standards. Prototypes of these CBCT scanners were manufactured in an ISO 13485-certified facility at NSTDA and underwent extensive clinical studies.
The technology has now been licensed to a company. To date, 60 DentiiScan machines have been installed in hospitals throughout Thailand and have performed over 7,000 scans. MobiiScan machines have performed over 1,000 scans at the Faculty of Medicine of Prince of Songkla University, the Medicine and Dentistry Faculties of Chiang Mai University, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital; whereas MiniiScan has over 100 scans at the Faculty of Medicine of Prince of Songkla University.
The success of Thailand’s research and development team strengthened the country’s medical device industry. As the machine becomes economical, more hospitals can afford to provide their patients with advanced diagnosis and treatment.