NSTDA and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have DentiiScan, a 3D dental scanner, installed in hospitals under the management of BMA. The second generation DentiiScan will be installed at two BMA’s hospitals, as part of NSTDA’s Big Rock Project financed by the

Ministry of Science and Technology to have DentiiScan units installed in 50 public hospitals across the country along with the training of 500 healthcare professionals on digital dentistry skill.

DentiiScan is the first cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner developed and manufactured in Thailand. The development started in 2007, involving researchers from NECTEC and MTEC under the leadership of Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, former NSTDA President. This machine can provide 3D internal anatomy images of dental and maxillofacial structures, without distortion and superposition of anatomic structures. High quality data facilitates accurate diagnosis and safe treatment planning, and can be further linked with other technologies to form “Digital Dentistry Platform”.

DentiiScan is an example of Thai invention that meets international standards. Such invention will not only boost Thai medical device industry, but also reduce the massive cost of imported medical devices and equipment in Thai healthcare system.