Monday, September 14, 2009

Impressions from CDA North

Yesterday was a long day of travel for me.  Coming back from the west coast and losing 2 hours always makes the trip seem longer.  Here are some thoughts on what I saw during the show in San Francisco.

 

Traffic in the exhibit hall was good on Friday and Saturday.  At this meeting I was in the Gendex booth giving talks and answering questions about their state of the art CB-500 cone beam unit so I didn't get a chance to gauge attendance at the courses.  However Saturday was very busy and I was told that Friday (my travel day) was even better.  Sunday attendance at the exhibits was light, but the show only ran until 2:00 p.m. and perhaps many local doctors chose not to drive into the city.

 

Vendors were overall happy with attendance and sales.  Orders were being written and doctors were showing interest in spending money on both large and small dollar items.

 

Air Techniques reported tremendous interest in their Spectra caries detection device as did the suppliers who were selling it.  The Air Tech people reported to me they even installed the software and had it running on a Cerec AC acquisition unit making it available to check for complete caries removal when doing Cerec restorations.  I also plan on doing an unboxing video of the Spectra device shortly which I will post here when I get it complete.  A pretty busy schedule for the next few days may mean it doesn't appear until next week, but I'll do my best.

 

Dexis launched its Platinum sensor to much fanfare and it was well received both by current Dexis users and interested buyers.

 

Overall it appears to me that the fear of a worsening economy continues to wane.  Many doctors reported that their schedules are picking up and that they are optimistic about the future.  I even heard unconfirmed reports of a substantial increase in doctor registrations for the upcoming ADA meeting in Hawaii.

 

Overall it was a good meeting.  The folks at the CDA always do a great job and this was no exception.  For those of you who took the time to come by the Gendex booth and listen to my talk, thank you!

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