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PACKAGING FOR DENTAL IMAGING DEVICES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000214431D
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-27
Document File: 7 page(s) / 330K

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Abstract

Extra oral dental imaging systems include a horizontal arm in association with a vertical column. Packaging has been developed to allow an extra oral dental imaging system to be installed by a single technician. In addition to serving as packaging for the horizontal arm, the packaging is also used to handle/lift the horizontal arm during installation.

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PACKAGING FOR DENTAL IMAGING DEVICES

Extra oral dental imaging systems can include a horizontal arm in connection with a vertical column. The horizontal arm comprises a horizontal frame supporting a horizontal mount, with the horizontal mount supporting an x-ray source and an imaging sensor facing each other. The horizontal arm can move up and down along the vertical column to adjust the size of a patient positioned between the x-ray source and the sensor. The horizontal arm can rotate about a vertical axis to allow the x-ray source and sensor to move along a locus relative to the patient positioned. Motors and electric circuitry are used to provide movement.

The components can be heavy, and therefore difficult to lift and mount on the vertical column at the time of installation at the dental facility. With some systems, two technicians may be needed to mount the horizontal arm.

With some imaging systems, the horizontal arm and the vertical column are first removed from the packaging. After the column is vertically positioned, the two technicians lift the horizontal arm and mount it to a fixing means on the vertical column.

New packaging has been developed to allow an extra oral dental imaging system to be installed by a single technician. In addition to serving as packaging for the horizontal arm, the packaging is also used to handle/lift the horizontal arm. The horizontal arm is still inside the packaging at the time it is affixed to the column. This is accomplished by a hole provided in the package that the technician can insert his hand to grasp and lift the package containing the horizontal arm. The technician can also insert his whole arm through the hole of the package, position his shoulder against the upper face of the hole and readily lift the assembly comprising the package and the horizontal arm.

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FIG. 1

Referring to Figures 1-5, the horizontal arm 10 comprises a horizontal frame 1 supporting a horizontal mount 2 by means of axis 3. The horizontal mount 2 supports an x-ray source 4 and an imaging sensor 5. Horizontal arm 10 is supported by package 100, and both the horizontal arm 10 and package 100 are installed within box 1000. One end 6 of the horizontal frame 1 lies on the upper face 101 of lateral body 102 of the package 100. The x-ray source 4 is...