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Planmeca and Materialise Dental announce co-operation

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The Finnish dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca Oy and Belgium-based Materialise Dental started a joint effort that benefits users of Planmeca ProMax 3D imaging devices.

Planmeca ProMax 3D users now can directly order Materialise Dental SurgiGuide drill guides based on the implant planning done in the Planmeca Romexis software.

The Planmeca ProMax 3D customers can order Materialise Dental SurgiGuide drill guides directly from Planmeca Romexis software. This opens new perspectives for Planmeca's cone beam users, who can transfer their implant planning from the Planmeca Romexis software to the patient's mouth, using the trusted technology of SurgiGuide drill guides.

A variety of implants can be planned in Planmeca Romexis with all available tools. This information is sent, together with the DICOM images, to Materialise Dental as a SurgiGuide order. Materialise Dental will then import the data in their SimPlant software, and contact the customer to verify and discuss the planning in SimPlant. This ensures perfect transfer of the data and full compatibility. SurgiGuide options are discussed to find the optimal solution for transferring the implant planning to the mouth of the patient, based on the specifics of each case, the surgeon's preferences and implant systems used. This way, all technicalities are covered by the service. After production, the customer receives the SurgiGuide, ready for use in surgery.

"This new cooperation will help the users of our Planmeca ProMax 3D cone beam X-ray devices to further benefit from their system. The implant planning can be done conveniently in Planmeca Romexis software, the same software used for image capturing, and whenever there is a need for guided surgery, Materialise Dental's prominent SurgiGuide drill guides can be ordered and the process finalised with Materialise Dental's professionals", states Ms Helianna Puhlin-Nurminen, Vice President of Digital Imaging and Applications Division at Planmeca Oy.

"We are excited about this cooperation with Planmeca as a leading cone beam manufacturer," says Mr Bert Van Roie, International Product Manager SimPlant and SurgiGuide.

"Since years our SurgiGuide drill guides ensure a fully predictable transfer of the digital implant planning from SimPlant to the mouth of the patient. Now we can offer the same benefit to all Planmeca users, directly from within Planmeca Romexis."

Planmeca ProMax 3D family is a line of 3D cone beam devices that offer an optimal volume size for every application requiring 3D imaging with lowest possible dose. The products in Planmeca's 3D concept are Planmeca ProMax 3D s, ideal for applications where a smaller field of view is sufficient, Planmeca ProMax 3D for general 3D applications with a field size covering the mandible and maxilla, Planmeca ProMax 3D Mid for the widest selection of volume sizes, and Planmeca ProMax 3D Max including variety of field sizes from single tooth to whole maxillofacial area.

The acknowledged Planmeca Romexis desktop software suite supports both MS Windows and Apple MacOS, and includes processing of all dental imaging modalities: intraoral, panoramic, cephalometric, 3D imaging, 3D photo, 3D intraoral scans, as well as photos and intraoral video imaging.

Materialise Dental provides a fully integrated implant treatment planning tool including SimPlant software and an easy-to-choose-from range of SurgiGuide drill guides. The SimPlant technology guides dental professionals step by step during their implant planning and allows them to plan an implant case with ease and confidence. SimPlant has a vast implant library of 8000 implants from 90 brands, instantly displaying implants, compatible abutments and SurgiGuide drill guides. Next to the SurgiGuide types of support (bone-, mucosa- and tooth-supported SurgiGuide drill guides), a selection of SurgiGuide solutions - SAFE (used with a brand specific guided surgery kit), Universal (used with a standard surgery kit to perform guided surgery) and Pilot (offering pilot drill guidance) – assure a seamless integration of 3D planning and actual surgery.

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