Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Air Techniques’ Spectra™ Caries Detection Aid Wins Pride Institute’s Technology Award for a Second Year!


I'm proud to be part of the Pride Institute"s "Best of Class" Panel.  For the past couple of years we've convened to work, challenge, cajole, tease, and... eventually emerge with the products that we feel are truly the "best in class" for their particular type.  It's a fun project to be a part of, and I hope that, in some small way, we're helping to change the profession for the better.
In the end, everyone in this amazing profession  is given one single task.  That task is "to improve the lives of those who trust us to provide their care".  Stated more simply, it's "to serve the patients to the best of our ability".
Hopefully by highlighting products that can improve the care our patients receive, I can, in some way, improve the care a patient receives and, because of that, hopefully improve their quality of life as well.
I'll be covering more about the Panel in future posts, but today, I want to focus on one product that won 'Best in Class".  That product is Spectra from Air techniques.  I've been using the Spectra for over 3 years now and have been/continue to be impressed with its performance.  It is a digital caries detection system which, for you non-dentists, means a digital way to locate decay/cavities.  The simple explanation of how it works is that the wand in the first picture above is used to take a closeup picture of a tooth.  A special light is used by the wand that makes decay glow.  The glow is analyzed by a computer algorithm and if any decay is present, it is shown in the picture like Doppler weather radar.
Here is what Air Techniques had to say about Spectra and the Pride Best in Class Technology Awards in a press release dated August 8, 2011:


MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Air Techniques, Inc., a leading dental equipment manufacturer and developers of Spectra Caries Detection Aid, has been recognized as one of 16 companies to receive the Pride Institute’s Best of Class Technology Award for 2011. Air Techniques’ Spectra was an honoree in the Clinical/Diagnostic category for Caries Detection, and was one of two companies to win this award two years in a row.

“I feel very fortunate that a panel of this magnitude has agreed to contribute to the selection process”

”We are extremely happy that our Spectra Caries Detection Aid has won such a prestigious award—two years in a row,” said Joe Zekoski, Vice President, Product Management at Air Techniques. “It is a great honor to have our product recognized by the Pride Institute and top experts within the dental field.” Spectra offer’s a simple, non-invasive approach to detecting caries while providing both visual and quantitative data.

A panel of dental technology experts, organized by the Pride Institute, a dental practice management consulting firm based in Novato, California, selected this year’s winning products through an unbiased, rigorous assessment selection process. The winning technologies were selected by majority vote and divided into four categories: Foundational, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Emerging.

The Pride Institute Best of Class Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Winners of the award are invited to participate in a technology fair showcased at the American Dental Association’s annual meeting. “We deeply felt a gap in the area of technology education and integration, said Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, President of the Pride Institute. “We feel the technology awards and fair were an ideal model to fill that gap. Pride Institute’s commitment is to provide the finest information and counsel in all areas of practice management.”

The panel consists of seven dentists with significant knowledge of and experience in dental technology, including Dr. Shuman; John Flucke, DDS, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Products Report; Paul Feuerstein, DMD, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Economics; Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburg, School of Dental Medicine; Marty Jablow, DMD, technology writer and speaker; Parag Kachalia, DDS, Director of New Technology at the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry; and Larry Emmott, DDS, technology writer, speaker and dental marketing consulting. “I feel very fortunate that a panel of this magnitude has agreed to contribute to the selection process,” said Dr. Shuman.

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Air Techniques Inc. Kelly Menekou, 516-214-5584 Marketing Communications Coordinator kmenekou@airtechniques.com



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