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i500, i600, i700 or i700 Wireless?

In 2018 Medit Corp. started marketing their first intraoral scanner, the i500, and quickly reached an impressive market penetration.

Today, just four years later, we now have to decide between 4 great scanners. Let’s dive into each and see what might be the right solution for you…

i500 (MSRP: 15.900€)

Medit i500 from CAD-Ray
Medit’s first IOS, the mighty i500

The i500 will remain in the Medit price list for the foreseeable future, but actually there is no reason to purchase this camera now. Please keep reading…

i600 (MSRP: 12.500€)

The mostly new Medit i600 is here!

What would happen if you removed some of the features of the i700 (UV disinfection, remote control button) and reduced the price? You would get the amazing i600.

The new i600 is a special product from Medit. Medit has improved their product line (i700 in 2021 and i700 Wireless in 2022), and wanted to make sure they did not price themselves out of the entry level IOS market. Thus the i600. Truly a workhorse for anyone taking their first steps into intra-oral scanning and with a price of 12.500€, the i600 is very, very hard to beat as an entry-level IOS.

Clever update of the i500 – now known as the i600

i700 (MSRP: 17.900€)

The i700 was introduced in April 2021 to resounding success. The i700 is probably the fastest-selling IOS in the world today and with good reason – small, light, easy to handle, with great scanning software and a host of Apps to play with after your scan – all at a great price. This is where Medit really shines, their software updates are nearly constant and always making their system faster and/or easier to use.

Of course, there are less expensive IOS scanners out there (and several more expensive), but overall the i700 has been a market winner. To pay less, you would either have to purchase a Chinese-made scanner, or one of the smaller IOS players in Europe or the US, but the performance of those scanners compared to the i700 is just not on the same level. Also, because Medit has more than 15,000 IOS users, their system is far more robust than nearly everyone in the CAD/CAM game.

i700 Wireless (MSRP: 19.900€)

The new Medit i700 Wireless launched on 20 April 2022

Medit’s new flagship product, the i700 Wireless is premium level technology at value-segment pricing. Medit has really done it again – if you fancy a wireless scanner in your practice, this is the only one available at less than 20k Euros. There is one other wireless IOS in the market (from Denmark), but at a much, much higher price.

I know what you are wondering now: “How does the wireless work in the real world?” The wireless technology in this camera is not WIFI – Medit is using their own proprietary technology. Does it work? Indeed it does. We attended the launch event of this product and had more than 20 i700 Wireless cameras working on one meeting room. That would never work with WIFI, so Medit has really figured something out with their latest technology.

Check out this video of Armen demonstrating the strength of wireless connection:

Dr. Armen Mirzayan testing the range of the i700 Wireless

Ok, great, there is good range with the camera (although we recommend scanning the patient in the same room as the camera!), but what about the intra-oral scanning performance?

Here again, Dr. Mirzayan demonstrates intra-oral scanning with the i700 Wireless:

Intraoral scanning is quick and easy with the new i700 Wireless

So there you go – a quick primer on the available IOS scanners from Medit.

There are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an IOS, like what kind of additional fees are involved? With Medit there are no such fees. Their software Apps are free of charge, their software is updated regularly without any fees and of course there are no scanning fees. No annual fees. No scanner fees. No price gouging of any kind.

Finally, a company that understands people like to purchase products OR rent them, but not both!

Would you like to test drive the new cameras from Medit?

We will have all three cameras at our upcoming CAD-Ray Europe Annual Meeting in Heidelberg on May 13-14th. There is no better way to learn how these cameras work in your own hands and, if you happen to purchase one, we deduct your course fee from your purchase.

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Medit IOS Training Deutschland 🇩🇪

Suchen Sie jemanden, der Sie in der Verwendung Ihres Medit Intraoralscanners schult? Sie sind an der richtigen Stelle.

CAD-Ray hat weltweit mehr als 15.000 Zahnärzte in der Anwendung von CAD/CAM-Technologien geschult. Und als weltgrößter Medit-Händler hat niemand mehr Medit-Anwender geschult als CAD-Ray. Willkommen in der digitalen Revolution!

CAD-Ray Hands-on training in Heidelberg, Juli 2021

In Deutschland sind wir uns mit dem sehr talentierten Dr. Simon Prieß M. Sc. in Riedstadt, in Zusammenarbeit. Dr. Prieß wurde bereits von Dr. Armen Mirzayan, unserem Gründer und Medit Master, ausgebildet und wird 2022 alle unsere Level 1: Scanning Mastery-Trainings in Deutschland leiten.

Dr. Prieß und CAD-Ray Gründer und Medit Master, Dr. Armen Mirzayan

Dr. Prieß und CAD-Ray begrüßen Sie am 26. März 2022 zu unserem ersten Level 1 Training.

Erfahren Sie hier mehr.

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Edentulous Scanning With MEDIT

Scanning edentulous arches is one of the most difficult things you can do with an intraoral scanner (you should be aware of that).

The reason is the rather flat surface of the gingiva that does not allow the camera to lock into specific landmarks, like teeth, in order to accurately register the surface data of the edentulous arch. Remember, an intraoral camera is nothing more than a series of individual images put together to create the “video” acquisition. Therefore, it is very easy for the software to mis-match individual images when putting the model together when there is no vertical data, or very little vertical data, to lock into.

So we have these forces working against us when scanning edentulous arches. What we don’t need is for our fingers, gloves, etc. to get in the way of our scanning. Ideal would be if our fingers and gloves could help the scanning process!

Here we show you how to use the Colour Extraction filter to simplify the edentulous scan:

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Translucent Enamel Is A MotherDoctor For All Intra-Oral Scanners And Their Accuracy

By Dr. Armen Mirzayan

One of the most important lessons a digital dentist has to learn quickly is how to not introduce errors when scanning dentition.  The most likely area when s/he can introduce errors is in the anterior area where the incisor are not only narrower than molars but can also have translucent enamel.  Add just a little spacing between teeth with diastemas and you can quickly distort the accuracy of the model.  This is true of ALL intra-oral scanners in the market.

There are a few ways you can overcome these issues and the second video highlights some of our preferred methods. The concept is easy- block the light from travelling through the tooth structure and you are set! 

Here are some examples of how light shinning through the enamel and /or ceramic instead of bouncing back resulting in errors in model accuracy. Lesson #1 for every IOS user is to know when and where they are likely to introduce error. In dentate cases, it usually is right that the transition from premolar to canine to lateral. The surface area decreases dramatically and if you have translucent enamel and / or material and / or highly reflective surfaces you can “derail” the model building. Here is an exaggerated demonstration:

Translucent enamel can also play a role in distorting the cavosurface margins of a inlay or onlay restoration.  When imaging from the occlusal, the gingiva below the margins acts as a barrier to block light transmission through the enamel, but as soon as you start to roll the camera to the buccal or lingual, and you have enamel with no substrate behind it to block light transmission, you can introduce errors in the equation with any scanner.

There are many ways to combat this which include powdering the tooth structure, using a rubber dam, or in Medit’s case, you can use the color subtraction filter.  You selectively tell  the scanner to ignore certain colors and you use that exact color (here, it is the color of the glove) to block light transmission through the enamel. So the software just ignores the blue, but the light is prevented from shining through reducing the errors you would introduce.

Dr. Armen Mirzayan is a 20+ year CAD/CAM user and Founder of CAD-Ray USA.