Tomosynthesis is a radiographic modality in which multiple images are taken from different angles, and these are combined electronically to create a single volumetric image which is divided into a number of “slices” of the X-rayed anatomy. The PORTRAY® System creates a three-dimensional image of a tooth or teeth and digitally divides the volume into .5 mm slices, each of which can be viewed individually, giving you the ability to see “inside” the tooth, whereas conventional 2D X-rays only allow the dentist to see a compressed image of the tooth from the outside. In 2D, detail inside the tooth is obscured by the anatomy closest to the camera, and therefore cannot be fully examined. In a conventional 2D X-ray, a 3D object is collapsed into a 2D image, obscuring the detail inside the teeth.
The PORTRAY® System uses Intraoral Tomosynthesis (3D Tomo) to allow the dentist to see through the tooth, layer by layer.
A CBCT takes X-ray images from locations around the head, creating a three-dimensional object (the head) that shows the entire X-rayed area at once. This picture shows the structure of the skull and dentition, which allows for assessing various dental conditions and for planning dental implants and surgeries, among other uses. The PORTRAY® System, on the other hand, does not show the entire mouth in one image. It uses the same image series as a conventional 2D X-ray system, but the X-rays are volumetric, in the sense that you can see what’s inside the teeth and supporting structures.
The PORTRAY® Software creates a “Synthetic 2D” image by using the stacked images to create a volume that enables the dentist to view the teeth from different angles, allowing them to digitally “rotate” the tooth or teeth. This permits the dentist to “open up” interproximal contacts.
If you are one of the dental practitioners using OpenDental®, Dentrix®, or Eaglesoft®, then the PORTRAY® Software integrates with your system already. More systems will be added in the future.
Yes. You can use it alongside any software in your practice or alone if it is the only software in your practice.
The PORTRAY® Software runs on Windows® PCs. A qualified computer is supplied with the PORTRAY® System.
Yes, it is recommended to receive training to read the PORTRAY® System images effectively.