Tooth decay detector enters Russian market

A dental technology firm has entered the Russian market for the first time.
Scottish firm Cariescan is the Dundee-based producer of hand-held devices for the early detection of tooth decay and a subsidiary of 3D Diagnostic Imaging.

The company has just appointed an exclusive distributor for the Cariescan technology within Russia.

The Russian distributor has been named as IT Stom, which was founded in 1992 and operates its own dental clinic and private education centre in Moscow.

Meanwhile, 3D Diagnostic Imaging said it had also signed an agreement with American company Henry Schein Inc to distribute its caries management support system in the USA.

Henry Schein serves American and Canadian office-based dental practices, as well as dental laboratories.

Last year, 3D Diagnostic Imaging announced it had raised £2.7 million in a financing deal aimed at improving its manufacturing capacity and reducing the cost of making its sensors.

The device measures the presence of tooth decay earlier and more accurately than any other device on the market and is more than 90% accurate in detecting both sound and carious teeth, well ahead of current methods.

It also takes away the risks linked with the repeated use of X-rays.

The company was established in May 2008 and uses technology developed by nearby St Andrews and Dundee universities.

The technology was originally developed by university spin-out IDMoS, which went into administration when 3D Diagnostic Imaging snapped up the rights and assets of the business.

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