The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial intelligence software to be used to interpret dental x-rays, allowing dentists to better screen for oral pathologies.
Pearl's Second Opinion® is the first and only FDA-cleared AI radiologic detection aid for dentists at the chairside, and it can assist dentists to discover a variety of common dental diseases such as tooth decay, calculus, and root abscesses.
Pearl gathered over 100 million dental x-rays from dental practices and academic institutes to create Second Opinion. The AI platform highlights anomalies in x-rays and also acts as a patient communication tool, allowing dentists to exhibit alternative models of a patient's teeth and highlight trouble regions.
Pearl's announcement is a significant step forward in the field of technology-assisted dentistry. Current state-of-the-art algorithms that aid in the detection of malignant lesions can now be used to detect a wider range of dental illnesses. The grade of dental care is about to improve.
“This clearance is a major milestone not only for our team and for the many dentists, advisors, and partners who have contributed to Second Opinion’s development, but also for dentistry itself,” said Ophir Tanz, CEO, and founder of Pearl. “AI is a paradigm-shifting technology that will add value across the entire healthcare continuum. Because x-rays are a regular part of every dental patient’s experience, the first place most people will encounter the power of medical AI technology will be in their dentist’s chair. Second Opinion®’s FDA clearance has made that possible.”
In four different clinical investigations, Second Opinion® outperformed the FDA's demanding efficacy standards, each with a radiographic dataset of over 2,000 images and a reader group of 86 experienced dentists and dental radiologists. The studies revealed evident benefits for readers who use Second Opinion®, such as the fact that study participants reading x-rays with Pearl's AI system correctly recognized 36 percent more lesions than those who did not.
Features of importance:
Comprehensive detection capabilities
Dentists using Second Opinion gain a second set of eyes to help ensure that they've considered every condition that appears in their patients' radiographs.
That assurance comes from the system's ability to detect signs of most dental pathologies and other treatable conditions commonly found in dental radiographs–including hard-to-spot issues like incipient caries or the early signs of a periapical radiolucency.
Consistent, real-time results
Machines are able to perform the same task over and over, without getting bored, tired, or distracted. That means that Second Opinion will deliver the same high-quality analysis every time.
And because it analyzes and instantly delivers results whenever a new radiograph is captured, dentists can count on reliable support in real-time. This instant analysis capability allows dentists to integrate Second Opinion seamlessly into their clinical workflow and benefit from the system's support when it matters most––while patients are still in the chair.
Elegant, easy-to-use interface
Second Opinion was engineered to make it easier for dentists to read radiographs and communicate findings to patients.
Between its crystal clear, a high-contrast user interface designed to deliver optimal X-ray viewability and its intuitive image adjustment and AI sensitivity and detection controls, Second Opinion lets dentists to see exactly what they want, how they want––and effortlessly share their findings in a way that patients can easily understand.
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