Fred Joyal: It shows them what they can't see and a lot of times what they can't even see on an X-ray.
Michael Augins: Absolutely.
Fred Joyal: So, how much radiation is involved in a Galileos scan?
Michael Augins: One of the nice things about the Galileos scan is that a Galileos has the lowest radiation of all 3-D imaging technologies. It uses a proprietary technology from Siemens and so the dosage that you'd get from a Galileos scan is about a little bit less than you might get from a transatlantic flight in an airplane or about the same as you might receive at a sunny day on the beach. Really, the amounts are pretty insignificant in terms of what you might get from nature.
Fred Joyal: Now, is it uncomfortable to get the scan?
Michael Augins: No, in fact it's very quick and quite comfortable. The patient needs to stay stabilized for about 14 seconds. The image is taken in that amount of time. The patient is then - steps away from the machine, it takes about two or three minutes and the computers reconstruct the data and the doctor has the image. But for the patient, it's really no different than maybe if they've had a traditional panoramic X-ray done.
Fred Joyal: Okay. I've seen some of the imagery that the dentist gets and he can rotate it in every direction and really get a great look at everything that's going on. What else can he diagnose with that?
Michael Augins: Well, there's all kinds of pathologies. If you're doing an extraction, for example, you want to make sure that you're not going to damage any of the nerve endings, so you can see the different nerve endings within. You can diagnose a number of different sinus problems, sleep apnea. You can find calcifications. Sometimes tooth buds that didn't grow in. There are a number of applications in the orthodontic arena as well so there is a lot that can be done with three-dimensional data, either findings that can be found or new treatments that could be planned differently because of having all of this additional data.
Fred Joyal: So, this is really cutting edge. This is the best a dentist get can pretty much.
Michael Augins: Absolutely. Three-dimensional imaging is still a very new technology. Less than one percent of all dentists today use the technology in their practices, but it's very rapidly growing. The advantages of three-dimensional X-ray, they're more and more using it. Because it's expensive technology, not every dentist has it within his or her office. Only some of the finest practices today do that. But a lot of dentists are outsourcing their patients. They're sending them out to get Galileos images from other doctors who have invested in the technology.
Fred Joyal: So, they could go to another dentist and get a scan and then that information goes back to their dentist.
Michael Augins: Absolutely, that could happen. But we think that what will happen is that dentists, especially dentists that incorporate these kind of cutting-edge technologies and do really state-of-the-art treatments will be incorporating into it their practice. And we think that it makes a lot of sense and you'll see a really rapid growth in the development of three-dimensional imaging technology.
Fred Joyal: So, this is really the wave of the future.
Michael Augins: Absolutely. I think within 10 to 20 years, you'll see almost every practice practicing exclusively with 3-D imaging.
Fred Joyal: Wonderful. Well, it's very exciting. Thank you, Michael.