Sirona: Easy Operation with ORTHOPHOS SL: Optimal 2D and 3D X-Rays

Imaging Systems

On the proven ORTHOPHOS XG platform, Sirona developed an x-ray system with innovative imaging technology for the greatest possible contrast with the lowest possible dose.  Available as an upgradable 2D version or a 3D hybrid unit with a large (11cmx10cm) or an 8cmx8cm volume, it is especially optimised for a general dental practice.

Sharp layer, a technology that automatically adapts the panorama curve sensor to the patient’s individual anatomical situation and produces a sharp image, is the feature of the new ORTHOPHOS SL. However, it is not the only technical feature to improve image quality.

Sharp layer technology uses several thousand individual projections for one panoramic image, which are taken very rapidly from several angles in one rotation and reproduces the individual morphological situation very sharply. Its advantages: excellent panoramic images and the possibility of compensating for positioning errors retroactively. This intelligently adapts the sharp layer and does away with the necessity for the advanced selection of jaw morphology and front tooth position, thus simplifying the operation of the x-ray unit. In addition, shifting the depth of focus retroactively in the buccolingual direction is made possible in case of unclear overlays – it can immediately detect which structure is in front and which one is behind. 

Direct conversion of radiation
The second innovation allowing for a completely new level of image quality is the direct conversion sensor (DCS). It generates electrical signals directly from the x-ray beams without the intermediate step of first converting them to light (as in the past). This means that less information is lost and the image data yielded is significantly better in relation to the applied dose. The direct conversion sensor thus generates highly precise x-ray images with a reduced radiation dose efficiently. 

Reduction of artifacts
Numerous improvements in the reduction of metal artifacts, in image processing, and in engaging the HD mode enable excellent image quality in 3D mode as well. The radiation dose can be adapted and minimised by the selection of three different volume sizes (5cmx5.5cm, 8cmx8cm, 11cmx10cm) and collimations depending on the diagnostic question. 

Integrated workflow
Thanks to the unique occlusal bite block and the three-point fixation of the head with forehead and temple supports, patients can be positioned for an image very easily, safely and reproducibly. The updated EasyPad, a touch screen for operating the unit, provides higher resolution and greater contrast with an improved feel, making it even easier to use. In combination with the intuitive SIDEXIS 4 x-ray software, the ORTHOPHOS SL facilitates findings-oriented work, which can save the user a lot of time. Furthermore, this combination of hardware and software is ideally coordinated with Sirona’s integrated digital solutions, thus creating efficient workflows for simultaneous surgical and prosthetic planning of implants or to analyse the airways in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. 

Award-winning design
The ORTHOPHOS SL has now been distinguished with the renowned iF product design award. The new x-ray system thus continues a long tradition of excellence at Sirona. 

Due to the different approval and registration times, not all products are immediately available in all countries.