Digital Diagnostics

by Larry Emmott on July 18, 2008

in Diagnostics

One of the most exciting areas of new product development is high tech diagnostics. The core of hi tech diagnostics is the ability to scientifically measure a biologic condition and then to convert those measurements to a digital format for analysis and recording. The result is a highly accurate and consistent measurement.

The Florida Probe uses a carefully calibrated tip to ensure that everyone pushes with exactly the same pressure, 15gm. The instrument then takes a digital measurement accurate to 0.2 mm. 

All the periodontal findings including recession, pocket depth, bleeding, suppuration, furcation involvement, mobility and plaque assessment are recorded in a digital chart which becomes part of the patient’s electronic record. The pocket depth and bleeding sites are called out automatically by either a female voice or sound effects from the computer, not by the operator. The patient thereby hears the results from the computer and visually witnesses the exam on a color monitor with color-coded digital readouts – green, black and red – to identify the risk stages of disease.

The result is faster, more accurate and more consistent periodontal charting. A single operator with no assistant can complete a full exam in ten to twelve minutes.

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