Align Technology has developed an innovative intraoral scanning system that utilizes a computing device to analyze and remove uncovered points in dental scans. This technology enhances accuracy and efficiency in dental imaging processes. GlobalData’s report on Align Technology gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Align Technology, Digital intra-oral scanning was a key innovation area identified from patents. Align Technology's grant share as of February 2024 was 59%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Intraoral scanning system for removing uncovered points from scans

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Align Technology Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11928832B2) discloses an innovative intraoral scanning system that includes an intraoral scanner connected to a computing device. The computing device is designed to receive multiple intraoral scans of a dental site, analyze these scans to identify back-face points and uncovered points, determine regions that meet specific removal criteria, and remove these regions from the scans accordingly. The system aims to improve the accuracy and efficiency of intraoral scanning by effectively identifying and eliminating problematic areas within the scans.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features of the system, such as determining surface normals, identifying moving tissue boundaries, and evaluating empty space boundaries to enhance the scanning process. By incorporating advanced algorithms and criteria for point removal, the system can effectively address issues related to uncovered points, covered points, and proximity area points within the intraoral scans. Overall, the patented technology offers a comprehensive solution for optimizing intraoral scanning procedures, ensuring high-quality results in dental applications.

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