New era of dental imaging
Planmeca ProMax® X-ray unit provides a wide range of extraoral imaging modalities :
- panoramic imaging for dental arch
- maxillary sinus imaging
- temporomandibular joint imaging
- 2D linear tomography
The Planmeca ProMax® platform uses robotic SCARA technology to provide utterly precise arm movements needed in digital rotational radiography for maxillofacial imaging. The three-axis SCARA robot arm moves freely without any mechanical restrictions, offering superior imaging capabilities for both existing and future technologies.
An existing digital Planmeca ProMax can be easily upgraded to 3D unit and new imaging programs can be added with software upgrades ensuring superior maxillofacial radiographs every time and complying with future imaging needs.
One of the most common reasons for failed radiographs is incorrect patient positioning. With Planmeca ProMax® open positioning concept patient positioning is extremely easy. The imaging arm can be moved aside leaving the area free for the operator to observe the patient from all directions.
Side entry – easy access, relaxed patient
The side entry allows easy access for all types of patients. The exposure can be taken the patient standing – the recommended way for short procedures – or seated. If necessary, the patient can even remain seated on a wheelchair. Side entry allows the patient to maintain direct visual contact with the operator the whole time – or in case of a child with accompanying adult – helping the patient to relax.
Precise positioning with advanced positioning beams
A triple laser beam system indicates the correct anatomical positioning points ensuring proper alignment and completely eliminating the need for mirrors.
- The midsagittal plane positioning beam indicates the correct sideways alignment of the patient’s head resulting in symmetric and undistorted image in the left-right direction.
- The Frankfort horizontal plane positioning beam shows the correct forward tilt of the patient’s head, so that the dental arch lines up straight in the radiograph.
- The focal layer positioning beam indicates the focal layer’s position in the incisor region and ensures the patient is positioned fully inside the focal layer for sharp and clear images
Intuitive controls for efficient workflow
Clear commands and graphic icons make the graphical user interface (GUI) very easy to use which allows for the user to focus on positioning and communicating with the patient. When imaging is completed a preview image
shows on the main display.
Improved image quality with Dynamic Exposure Control (DEC)
The unique digital Dynamic Exposure Control (DEC) automatically adjusts the exposure values individually for each patient based on their anatomic structure and bone density. DEC clearly improves the image quality by producing images of more consistent brightness and contrast. DEC is available both for panoramic and cephalometric imaging.
Accurate images with autofocus
With the unique Autofocus feature patient positioning is practically error-free. Automatically positioned focal layer uses a brief scout exposure reducing retakes remarkably.
Rotational freedom with SCARA technology
Planmeca ProMax® utilises unique SCARA technology (Selectively Compliant Articulated Robot Arm). SCARA is a revolutionary electro-mechanical construction, providing flexible, precise and complex movements required in rotational maxillofacial radiography. SCARA technology is combined with real-time computation of dynamic rotation patterns. These enable optimised radiography of each patient’s anatomy, meeting with virtually any diagnostic requirement in maxillofacial dentistry.
Different models for different needs
The three-joint model (SCARA3) has been designed for all imaging needs: panoramic, TMJ, sinus, 2D tomography and 3D imaging. The two-joint model (SCARA2) includes basic programs for panoramic imaging completed with Bitewing panoramic, TMJ and sinus imaging programs. A third joint can also be retrofitted to the unit. Both models can be equipped with a cephalostat.
Superior clinical quality images
In order to get accurate and clear panoramic radiographs, the form of the X-ray unit focal layer must follow the actual patient anatomy. In Planmeca ProMax, the form of the focal layer follows the scientifically defined shape of human dental arch and jaw resulting in panoramic radiographs with clearly superior clinical quality.
The jaw shape and size varies between individuals according to their size, gender, race and age. Consequently, a single panoramic focal layer form does not suit for all patients. In Planmeca ProMax, the operator may adjust the shape of the focal layer according to the jaw shape and size characteristic to the patient.
Clear images with advanced imaging geometry
Planmeca ProMax’s imaging geometry efficiently eliminates redundant shadows and ghost images caused by objects outside the image layer significantly increasing the diagnostic value of panoramic radiographs.
The shadow of the cervical vertebrae, which commonly disturbs the clarity of the anterior region, is automatically eliminated by adjusting the amount of radiation in the central incisor region. This computer-controlled correction ensures that there is no loss of image contrast or density.
Simple upgradeability to a 3D unit
Any Planmeca ProMax film or digital X-ray unit can be easily upgraded to Planmeca ProMax® 3D s or Planmeca ProMax® 3D unit by simply changing the imaging sensor and uploading software upgrades. Both units are also available with 3D face scan.
Planmeca ProMax® 2D in detail
|Generator||Constant potential, resonance mode high frequency 80-150 kHz|
|Focal spot size||0.5 x 0.5 mm (IEC 336)|
|Total filtration||min. 2.5 mm Al equivalent|
|Anode voltage||50-84 kV|
|Anode current||0.5-16 mA DC|
|Exposure time||Pan||2.7-16 s|
|Scanning ceph||6.4-9.9 s|
|Planmeca ProCeph||0.1-0.8 s|
|Tomo||3 s / frame|
|SID||Pan||500 mm (19 in.)|
|Ceph||163-170 cm (64-67 in.)|
|CCD pixel size||48 µm|
|Image pixel size||48/96/144 µm selectable|
|CCD active surface||Pan||6 x 147 mm|
|Ceph||6 x 295 mm|
|Resolution (digital)||Pan||max. 9 lp/mm|
|Ceph||max. 5.7 lp/mm|
|Image field (digital)||Pan||14 x 30 cm (5.5 x 12 in.)|
|Ceph||24/27 x 18/30 cm (9/10.6 x 7/11.8 in.)|
|File size, uncompressed (digital)||Pan||4-33 MB|
|Line voltage||100-240 V, 50 or 60 Hz|
|Regulation||Automatic, ±10 %|
|Line current||8-16 A|
|Colour||White (RAL 9016)|
Physical space requirements
|Planmeca ProMax 2D||Planmeca ProMax 2D with cephalostat|
|Width||96 cm (38 in.)||194 cm (76 in.)|
|Depth||125 cm (49 in.)||125 cm (49 in.)|
|Height*||153-243 cm (60-96 in.)||153-243 cm (60-96 in.)|
|Weight||113 kg (lbs 248)||128 kg (lbs 282)|
Minimum operational space requirements
|Planmeca ProMax 2D||Planmeca ProMax 2D with cephalostat|
|Width||150 cm (59 in.)||215 cm (85 in.)|
|Depth||163 cm (64 in.)||163 cm (64 in.)|
|Height*||243 cm (96 in.)||243 cm (96 in.)|
*The maximum height of the unit can be adjusted for offices with limited ceiling space.