Grin Smart Scans utilise AI for precision scanning and intelligent treatment summaries

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Grin, a comprehensive digital orthodontic platform that provides orthodontic solutions in partnership with trusted local doctors, has announced the first AI (artificial intelligence) patient Scan Guide and doctor Scan Summary for the Grin tele-dental teeth-straightening system.

The Grin experience consists of the Grin App, first-of-their-kind Grin Scope, and Grin Scope mini – FDA listed medical devices which serve as an intraoral adaptor to retract cheeks and provide full views of patients’ mouths.

Under the supervision of partner orthodontists, Grin’s suite of Remote Monitoring and Consultation capabilities now benefit from advanced AI technology that enriches patient experiences and accuracy, doctor insights, and practice efficiencies.

The Grin AI Scan Guide is the first real-time scan system designed to improve the quality of a patient’s mouth scan. The AI Scan Summary uses deep-learning to automatically select the best intraoral visuals from patients so doctors can determine treatment priorities. It utilises the same algorithm as NASA to sharpen images. Together, these new cutting-edge features employ AI to provide patients with even more convenience and peace of mind while doctors can expand their reach and increase the quality of their offerings.

“Grin is investing in AI that complements the doctor and patient journey for oral health’s next frontier,” said Adam Schulhof, DMD, chief executive officer of Grin. “Integrating smart systems that save doctors time and intelligently guide patients to take the best images possible will increase orthodontist access, the quality of treatment, and overall patient experience. Introducing the latest AI tools is a huge step towards realising our vision to scale doctors’ ability to be in the care loop while expanding with advanced technology offerings.”

The AI-enhanced Scan Guide augments the Grin Scope and self-scan process to create the most comprehensive orthodontist-ready video of a patient’s mouth. This is achieved by using computer vision and machine learning (ML) algorithms to identify the five optimal Grin Scope positions required by care teams for an examination. While patients now scan from their home, the technology alerts users when the scope is capturing an ideal angle, and informs patients when to continue with their scan.

With patient scan accuracy improving, these inputs create optimal conditions for AI to be used in the Grin doctor webapp. In addition to doctors receiving a 34 second scan provided by patients, Grin AI technology ingests the video and automatically extracts the five scan moments from each major jaw position: front, lower, upper, left, and right. Grin then creates images out of these ideal moments and displays them for doctors to view. While doctors may choose to view the entire video, they now have AI highlighting the most advantageous angle.

The Grin AI Scan Summary also limits variability and sharpens the scan’s focus with sophisticated algorithms used in astronautical science. With these algorithms in place, the AI Scan Summary exceeds 90% accuracy.

“This is analogous to the huge innovation we all experienced when voicemail was finally able to be understood and expressed via text by AI tools,” said Pamela Oren-Artzi, chief operating officer and co-founder of Grin. “We went from a world where every voicemail had to be listened to in its entirety to get the point. Now, AI tools can decipher what’s relevant and of the highest quality to efficiently get the information we need.”

“The Grin engineering team worked tirelessly to ensure that our models were constructed with a robust, diverse set of data so that we can bring to market better products that can accurately solve problems and guide patients in real-time,” said Alon Lipnik, vice-president of Engineering and co-founder of Grin. “Our intelligent software translates into heightened capabilities over achieving increasingly accurate results with greater efficiency over time. This means that we can offer the best experiences for patients and provide the cutting-edge tools that our doctor network demands.”

“Grin’s new AI Scan Summary streamlines my ability to obtain patient status faster by selecting the most high-quality images for me to view, and then communicate feedback immediately through the in-app chat feature,” said Dr Colin Mihalik of Corpus Christi Orthodontics, partner specialist of Grin. “With AI augmenting my practice offerings, we can provide quality care, faster.”