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Inside Dental Technology
February 2018
Volume 9, Issue 2

The Next Frontier: Holographic Imaging

Observing the technological advances taking place in the medical industry as well as other related industries is valuable to expose which potential tools we may inherit in the near future. Recent years have produced technological innovations that have migrated to restorative dentistry from a number of medical device industries. From the integration of precise intraoral scanning, 3D radiographic imaging, and facial scanning into a single workflow to 3D printing of end products, the adoption of new technologies in dentistry has facilitated a truly patient-centric treatment protocol and promoted a robust level of information and collaboration amongst the entire dental team. Have you ever wondered where we might be heading to next? What will be the next technological advancement that will significantly enhance our professional lives and treatment options for our patients? Astute industry leaders must always manage the present, while keeping an eye on the future in order to remain competitive and relevant. Perhaps a look at our medical affiliates will provide some speculative clarity.

Last year was a tremendous time for holographic imaging in the healthcare space, from medicine and ophthalmology to healthcare education. According to Global Market Insights, holographic imaging is slated to cross a revenue threshold of $3 billion, with a CAGR projection of 30% between 2017-2024.1 Just imagine having the ability to look closely into a dental patient's oral cavity or watch an implant treatment process with the entire dental team—oral surgeon, restorative dentist, periodontist, and restorative dental technologist—using holographic 3D imaging.

Viewing the process in 3D is only the tip of the capabilities this technology could offer. There is the potential to peel off layers in virtual “physical” space that have a tangible feel and to perform measurement and operative assessments prior to any invasive procedures or restorative work.

This technology could completely transform the way we provide dental restorative treatment in coming years. It is a technology dental professionals should keep a close eye on as it continues to develop.

Reference

1. Bora R. Holographic Imaging Market analysis research and trends report for 2017-2024. MILTECH PR Distribution. www.military-technologies.net/2017/12/13/holographic-imaging-market-analysis-research-and-trends-report-for-2017-2024/. Published December 13, 2017. Accessed January 15, 2018.

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