Saturday, July 16, 2011

Curve Dental Taking Images to the Cloud



In February in Chicago, I got a private demo of Curve's new imaging piece that literally allowed them to take a radiograph with a sensor directly from the browser.  I came away impressed.


Recently I received the following note from one of my contacts at Curve...


A big day for Curve Dental.
This morning we captured our first pan image using Curve Hero's imaging features. The attached image was captured using a Planmeca ProOne unit using a TWAIN driver (I took this photo using my iPhone). I imagine the pan unit took eight seconds to scan, and then after that the image appeared on screen in about five to six more seconds. So, the image was captured directly to the Curve servers and then bounced back to the computer we were working on in less than 15 seconds. There are two clinician at this practice and they were both impressed with the speed and were of the opinion that the image quality was not a factor (they didn't notice anything different about image quality).
We also captured intra-oral images this morning without a hiccup, using a USB intra-oral camera that the practice purchased off eBay for $100 (Chinese made; I imagine that with a "real" intra-oral camera the experience will only be better). We also captured PA's using a Suni sensor. Still some minor tweaking required only on the PA (which probably had something to do with that particular sensor, as we've had nothing but success in lab trials with a different sensor), but if you stop and think about what we just did--capture images directly to the cloud--it's pretty awesome.
FDA approval is pending but we expect clearance very soon.

1 comment:

  1. In the past, you recommended waiting to use Curve until they were able to use digital radiographs. They seem very close now. If it works as advertised, when would you (if at all) switch from from Dentrix/eaglesoft/etc to Curve? My thoughts are not having to deal with dedicated servers, backups, etc that come with those softwares and the inevitable "crashes" with the hardware. The trade off being always needing a stable internet connection. Thanks.