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A new dental imaging system that can help dentists see tooth decay earlier and in greater detail has received regulatory clearance and is expected to be commercially available by the end of the year from its developer, Surround Medical Systems of Morrisville.

The patented Portray system was granted 510(k) pre-market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, allowing its commercial sale and use.

The system is derived from technology discoveries made at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than a decade ago. Work to advance X-ray sources featuring carbon nanotube technologies was done by UNC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dental imaging expertise in UNC’s Adams School of Dentistry helped develop the stationary intraoral tomographic system that was the prototype for the Portray system.

“North Carolina dentists are constantly on the lookout for technology to enhance their diagnostic and clinical skills,” said Alec Parker, DMD, executive director of the North Carolina Dental Society, an investor in Surround Medical Systems. “Recently, several dentists had an opportunity to see the diagnostic advantages of 3D Tomo images offered by the Portray system. These dentists consider this new product to be a real breakthrough for clinical diagnosis.”

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