Thursday, February 28, 2013

Orascoptic XV1 Clinical Trial Completed - HIghest Recommendation

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In November 2012, a box arrived in my office from Orascoptic.  Inside was a radical new magnification product that the company was calling XV1.
 
At the time I tweeted that I was evaluating a new product that looked very promising and several of my Twitter followers chided me for such a cryptic post, but it's sometimes hard to be open when companies have requested my confidentiality…. and that is a request I always honor.  However, I meant what I said back then.  From the moment I slipped the XV1 surgical telescope system on, I was impressed.
 
The unit is a completely self-contained set of telescopes and an LED lighting system… all in one.  There are no wires, no battery pack, nothing to do other than to put the glasses on and go to work.
 
In the picture above, you'll notice that at the end of the arms are cylinders.  These cylinders hold rechargeable batteries.  You place one battery in each cylinder and they are threaded onto the end of the arms.  This performs 2 functions.  1. It eliminates cords and the need for a battery pack as the batteries are now a part of the frame.  2. The weight of the batteries helps counterbalance the weight of the telescopes, decreasing the weight on the operator's nose.
 
The light is the smallest one that Orascoptic makes which helps reduce weight, but the intensity is powerful.  It offers 2 settings of 2500 foot-candles (26,875 lux) and 4000 foot-candles (43,000 lux).  In my rather extensive use of headlights & "nose lights" in dentistry I've found that 4000-4500 foot candles to be in the  "Goldilocks zone" of bright enough to more than adequately illuminate the field, while not too bright which can cause eye fatigue.
 
The power control is actually located in the logo on either temple and is capacitive touch.  The advantage of this is that the light is controlled simply by touching the logo with the back of your hand or forearm.  This allows the operator to turn the light off, on, or cycle through low or high power without touching the glasses with contaminated gloves.  This greatly reduces the chance of cross contamination.
 
The batteries can provide 6 hours of run time on high and 10 hours on low.  This is more than enough for most offices, but should you run short on power, the unit comes with 2 sets of batteries and recharge time is only 2 hours.  That means that a spare set will always be charged and ready.
 
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The system also comes with the charger, 4 rechargeable batteries (mentioned above), an orange curing filter so you can use your light without setting composites, a carrying case, 2 screwdrivers, and a cleaning cloth.
 
The XV1 was introduced to the world last week at the Chicago MidWinter Meeting.  My only regret is that I couldn't tell readers and lecture audiences about it earlier.  I think it is that capable of making a serious impact on the profession.
 
The XV1 has performed above and beyond my expectations and is now the "go to" magnification option in my office.  After 3 months of hands-on clinical usage, I simply cannot work without it.  The device has earned my highest recommendation.

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