Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Announces Retirement for Breakthrough Digital Sensor

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For those of you who are using the Schick CDR sensor, this is really important info.  Read on for all the details…


Schick CDR sensors set the standard for digital X-ray technology in 1998. Today we announce it’s time to sunset the CDR sensor and help our Schick family upgrade their technology.

Charlotte, March 31, 2017. From its launch in 1998, the Schick CDR sensor range served to set the standard for digital X-ray technology in the dental industry. Building on Schick’s existing multiple film-like sizes of sensors first introduced in 1994, the CDR range introduced revolutionary technologies, which we now take for granted as industry standards.

With the introduction of the CDR sensor came the now industry standard CMOS-APS technology and USB connectivity. CDR also helped launch unique solutions in CDR Wireless, the industry’s only truly wireless sensor solution, and CDR Pluswire, the first in the line of sensors with in-office replaceable cable technology, a feature still unique to Dentsply Sirona. It also inspired our unique adhesive parallel positioning system.

While we look back on the developments coming out of this product, we will use 2018 to mark the sensor’s 20th birthday. It will also mark the retirement of CDR. Superseded in recent years by Schick Elite and Schick 33, reduced demand for Schick CDR and escalating production costs means it is time to say goodbye.

From March 31, 2018, Schick CDR sensors will no longer be serviced or supported by Dentsply Sirona or Patterson Dental and no further software releases will be made to support the sensors.

To ensure these changes have minimal impact on our clinicians’ practices, a trade-up program is available to help upgrade practices to Schick 33. Offices should contact their local Patterson branch or Dentsply Sirona representative for more information.

Additionally, throughout the next 12 months, Dentsply Sirona will celebrate the technology and people that made such a difference to the field of intraoral imaging, as well as those dental professionals who benefited so much from its use. 

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