Using LabVIEW Software to Develop the Canary System for Early Detection and Monitoring of Tooth Decay
Early tooth decay detection and treatment can prevent painful dental work and preserve both teeth and money. To detect and monitor areas of decay as small as 50 microns in a noninvasive setting, Quantum Dental Technologies developed the Canary System instrument. The device is portable (with a footprint not much larger than a Netbook), has Internet access for dentists to upload data to a web-based server, is noninvasive, and avoids unnecessary X-ray radiation. The developers used NI LabVIEW software and an OEM DAQ module to fully control the signal acquisition in the system. Overall, results from the first clinical trial showed that the Canary System is safe and discriminates between healthy and carious enamel. This led to the development of a second-generation instrument and a final prototype that is fully controlled by LabVIEW with a similar USB OEM DAQ module and is approved by regulatory authorities in Canada, the United States, and the European Union.
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