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Image Navigation revolutionizes the line of minimally invasive dental implant treatments with its new IGI 2.0, groundbreaking technology that ensures real-time surgical navigation for maximum accuracy in dental implants and other treatments. The new version of IGI includes a multitude of improvements and a simpler operating option. It offers a robust interface, superior ergonomics, a small footprint, user-friendly ergonomics, unmatched sub-millimeter accuracy, and, precision-chairside workflow using the new and proprietary SnapLock device. The revised device is expected to bring a second revolution in the field.

“Just as no one today would think of performing an amniocentesis without an ultrasound – that is, inserting a long needle into a woman’s abdomen without receiving an accurate indication – so it will be in the near future with a dental implant. Systems for navigating dental implants will become standard, an elementary condition for execution.” –Dr.Uri Soenfeld

Over 10 million dental implants are placed annually in the USA and Europe, restoring teeth, function, and patient smiles and generating $20B in annual revenue. Yet, guidance systems and robotics have made limited inroads into this field. Tooth implants are similar to a screw with an internal thread that must be inserted into the jaw during a surgical procedure involving drilling. The drilling is done in the mouth where visibility is already limited and in an area laden with anatomical structure: blood vessels, nerves, adjacent teeth, and nasal cavities which makes it extremely difficult to accurately drill. Patients are under no anesthesia which makes it increasingly difficult with their moving and swallowing for the procedure to be done.

“All of these make drilling a challenging process,” Dr. Sonenfeld says. “The doctor drills like a blind man, it’s a bit like drilling in a wall and not knowing if exactly a water pipe or an electric cable is being drilled. Or, to create an aesthetic problem. Therefore, in order to improve the drilling ability and make the operation more precise, the work area must be exposed so that the doctor can better see what he is doing. Hence our idea is to produce a kind of Waze for drilling teeth. That the doctor will no longer drill on a blind person but will be what will direct him: farther right, farther left, here you will stop, here you will change the angle.”

Image Navigation Ltd., is answering these with their IGI system for implantology. The IGI 2.0 will overcome workflow and clinical challenges, enabling precise, predictable, and repeatable implant placement.

The device works by placing an infrared camera over the patient which functions as a satellite. This camera monitors everything that happens using a small transmitter that is connected to the doctor’s drill and a second transmitter that’s connected to the patient’s jaw. Every time the doctor moves the drill the transmitter picks up on it. Similar to the way that Waze has a pre-planned travel trip so does the transplant plan. The computer understands the doctor’s plan and therefore knows how to direct him/her. This brings accurate work at unseen levels and eliminates the struggle of doctors during the drilling. He simply has to look at the screen, receive instructions throughout the process and work easily.

Originally developed in 2002 the product revolutionized the field of implants quickly after its launching. The new IGI has many upgrades including getting rid of a connector by a dental laboratory that has previously been needed. IGI 2.0 product with streamlined workflow and precise registration, is expected to make dynamic imaging the standard of care in implant placement. IGI version 2.0 is anticipated to reach the European market in Q2 2022 and the USA market in 2023 with an estimated FOB price of $37,000.

“Technology and navigation have improved and X-rays have become three-dimensional, making it even easier to make a true-to-reality transplant design,” Sonnenfeld said ” IGI ‘s current software algorithm knows how to locate what is needed in the photo and adapt the work to the real teeth.

About Image Navigation Ltd.

Image Navigation Ltd. Is headquartered in the US, with R&D based in the Har Hozvim Technology Park, Jerusalem, Israel. The company is focused on the research, development, and manufacturing of advanced surgical navigation technology. IGI expands the use of 3D CBCT (Cone Beam-CT) scan images from diagnostics and planning to real-time surgical applications to enable surgeons to perform precise, predictable, and repeatable procedures. Image Navigation Ltd. plans to enter additional markets in endodontics and orthopedics. Image Navigation Ltd. has its R&D site in Jerusalem, HQ in New Jersey, and a reference site in Silicon Valley.

$18M has been invested in the company from private investors as well as a substantial grant from the Israel Innovation Authority.

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