The ergonomic, handheld device is similar to tablets patients and clinicians use in everyday life, and gives clinicians the freedom to move within their facilities while carrying the scanner with them, according a 3M press release. It offers more space for the clinician and assistant to manoeuvre. Also, the device can be placed directly into the hands or lap of a patient for informed discussion and patient communication, providing cutting-edge visualisation of the patient’s oral anatomy for a better understanding of treatment.
“It is an honour to receive an Edison Award for our innovative approach to oral care and commitment to bringing digital advancement to the industry,” said James Ingebrand, president and general manager for 3M Oral Care. “Positively impacting both the ability of clinicians to provide quality treatment and the oral health of patients is what is most important to the work we are doing at 3M, and we appreciate being recognised for that commitment to the oral care industry.”
The Edison Awards are a program conducted by Edison Universe, a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Edison Awards have been recognising and honouring the best innovations and innovators since 1987. Category finalists were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine. Winners were chosen for their excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact.