Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers present joint research project in MRI for dentistry

Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers presented initial research results to a university audience in Bensheim, Germany, for what is said to be the first scientific symposium on dental-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (ddMRI) at the end of April 2023.

From left: Max Milz, Dentsply Sirona; Arthur Kaindl, Siemens Healthineers and Prof Rubens Spin-Neto, Aarhus University

Researchers, and scientists from North American and European universities along with representatives from Dentsply Sirona and Siemens Healthineers presented the current status of the joint research project for the use of MRI in the dental. Participants also gained insights into initial case studies. As part of this scientific partnership, the two companies are working with dental universities worldwide to raise awareness of advantages of MRI in oral diagnostics and to jointly advance the current state of dental care.

“Working with ddMRI has opened possibilities regarding how much can be achieved in dentomaxillofacial diagnostics. It adds value to the established imaging modalities and starts a new field of research. Fully integrating this innovation into the dental clinic routine will be straightforward,” said Prof Rubens Spin-Neto, department of dentistry and oral health, section for oral radiology, Aarhus University.

With the increasing demands on dentists and physicians to combine oral and general health aspects, new imaging techniques are gaining importance that have greater sensitivity in detecting early stages of disease, and inflammatory processes. This opens new interdisciplinary fields of research between oral and systemic health.

“The possibility to use MRI for dentistry represents a new milestone in oral diagnostics and a connecting technology between oral and general health care that can make history,” said Max Milz, group vice-president, digital platforms and solutions at Dentsply Sirona. “We are pleased to evaluate all options together with Siemens Healthineers and to share scientific and technological expertise.”

“It is our dedication to bring MRI where it has not been used before, to advance into new clinical territory and to explore the value of MRI in the dental field with Dentsply Sirona. Our MRI systems which are designed to flexibly fit new clinical areas are the ideal basis for this endeavour. We look forward to working with dental educational institutions to break boundaries of preventive and curative dentistry,” said Arthur Kaindl, head of magnetic resonance at Siemens Healthineers.