3DISC Imaging, a manufacturer of digital imaging products, has launched a dental imaging solution, FireCR Dental Reader.

The FireCR Dental Reader features a tablet computer which is designed to improve practice workflow and facilitates patient consultation at the chairside in exam rooms.

3DISC said the 10.1-inch tablet computer can be added to the PC and features easy-to-use touch screen software that provides dentists with immediate access to dental images, thus facilitating diagnosis and interactive review with patients about treatment options at chairside itself.

The reader, which is DICOM 3.0 compatible with existing systems is also available in variety of sizes including bite-wing and intraoral dental imaging plates.

3DISC Americas CEO Sigrid Smitt-Jeppesen said FireCR Dental Readers are compact and affordable, so dentists can distribute units in each examination room, increasing patient throughput and improve overall productivity of the practice.

3DISC Europe CEO Thomas Weldingh said the FireCR Dental Reader features other automated processes including integrated UV sterilization and erase functions, where the system sterilizes, scans and clears the imaging plates so that they are immediately ready to use again.

"The image quality is controlled by 3DISC’s QuantorDent Imaging Software, which optimizes image acquisition, processing, and management," Weldingh said.

The company said it will feature its FireCR Dental Reader from 23 to 25 February 2012 at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.