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Dolphin Imaging software is an FDA-cleared Class II medical device.
The Dolphin 3D software is a powerful tool that makes processing 3D data extremely simple, enabling dental specialists from a wide variety of disciplines to diagnose, plan treatment, document and present cases. Dolphin 3D allows visualization and analysis of craniofacial anatomy from data produced by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), MRI, medical CT and 3D facial camera systems.

Dolphin 3D software is already widely used by research/teaching institutes and private practices worldwide. It features tools for onscreen manipulation and analysis of volumetric datasets: Images are easily oriented and rotated, and tissue density thresholds can be adjusted for detailed views of craniofacial anatomy. Measurements and digitization can be performed in both 3D and traditional 2D.
  • Import from a variety of 3D dataset formats
  • High-quality, fast 3D rendering
  • Three-dimensional airway analysis
  • Cross sections in Multiple Planar View (MPV)
  • Precise volume orientation
  • Volume stitching: combine two separate volumes into one
  • 2D facial photo wrap onto volume
  • Volume-to-volume superimposition
  • 3D nerve marking
  • TMJ analysis
  • Generate cephalometric and panoramic radiographs
  • 3D-2D measurements: distance, angle and area
  • Create animated movies with automated scripts
  • Design image layouts and reports
  • Images export to other applications
  • Images easily saved into Dolphin patient database
  • Fully embedded in Dolphin Imaging's SQL database
  • 3D implant treatment planning and simulation
  • Distinguish biological structures via their radiolucency with a Hounsfield Unit measuring tool
  • Digital study model system for STL format teeth surfaces.
  • Image with hard, photo model wrap, airway, digital teeth

Simple Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Dolphin 3D includes powerful yet intuitive tools for you to process multi-dimensional datasets. There are no complicated commands or scripting languages to learn. Processing and analyzing three-dimensional data has never been easier.

Digial Study Model
This new Digital Study Model feature integrates with any digital study model system that exports to STL format, including:
  • Intraoral scanners
  • Desktop model scanners

Easy Data Segmentation and Visualization
You prepare the 3D object by grouping intensity levels in pre-set ranges for soft tissue and hard tissue. After this simple procedure, you can easily review the objectís solid or translucent skeletal surface; solid, translucent, or photo of soft tissue surface; or both simultaneously. Views can be combined, such as translucent skeletal structures with translucent soft tissue 3D photo facial texture map.

Object Orientation
To maximize the consistency of analysis of a 3D volume, it is crucial to establish a default orientation. Dolphin 3D provides comprehensive tools for defining the mid-sagittal, axial and coronal planes. You can also adjust the object’s default yaw, pitch and roll. These operations can be performed on the CT soft tissue surface, CT hard tissue surface or 3D photo surface.
After a scan has been oriented, take of the pre-set views: front, back, right, left, top, bottom, oblique and isometric views.

Multiple Planar Views and Layouts
Choose a layout that is best suited to your task:
  • 3D volume (just the 3D volume view)
  • Volume+3 planes (3D volume and 3 cross section planes on the side)
  • 4-views (3D volume and the cross section planes in equal sized windows)
  • Individual orthogonal projected slices: sagittal, coronal and axial planes
You can also adjust Window Level (traverse through 12-bit, 14-bit or 16-bit levels of intensity), zoom, pan, rotate, etc.

3D Implant Planning
Easily add implants to a patient’s 3D image for more precise treatment planning and presentation. Place, move, and rotate implants on the volume, slice or panoramic views. Select implant types from a generic implant template library and specify the size. Zoom in and out on an implant; define a “safety zone” around each; segment and sculpt the volume to clip around the implant; measure distances and angles; locate nerve canals; export the final simulation as an iso-surface.
  • Comprehensive library of implants from the industry manufacturers.
  • Prosthetic teeth

Instant Ceph/Pan
Create two-dimensional radiographic images from 3D volume dataset in the lateral, panoramic (OPG), frontal and SMV views. Reconstruct radiographs in:
  • 1:1 projection (no distortion, no magnification)
  • Simple orthogonal/magnification projection (input % of magnification desired)
  • Complex “traditional x-ray perspective” projection (input detailed x-ray machine geometry; most accurately simulates traditional x-ray)

Image filters help emphasize different structures of interest; including: MIP (maximum intensity projection), Ray-sum (academic standard) and a collection of Dolphin proprietary filters.

Radiographic images can be saved in the Dolphin Imaging database for report generation and two-dimensional cephalometric tracing (Dolphin Ceph Tracing software required for 2D tracing).

Dolphin 3D makes harvesting data from 3D volume simple, and is an excellent tool for research and data collection.

You can measure any distances and angles of your choosing in 3D.

Analyze the airway by drawing a border around your selected portion of the volumetric scan; the program will automatically fill in and display all the airway space within that border, then report back telling you the volume of airway space in cubic millimeters. It will also locate, display and measure, in square millimeters, the most constricted spot of that airway.

Landmarks can be used in a 3D analysis or translated into identified 2D lateral or frontal cephalometric analyses, such as Roth-Jarabak, McNamara, etc. Further, the 2D points can include x-ray magnification to be compatible with existing norm values.

Digitized landmarks can be saved in Dolphin Imaging and exported to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or other numerical analysis programs.

3D Nerve Marking
  • Patent-pending interactive tool to locate and isolate the nerve canal on a panoramic projection
  • Clearly draw the visible nerve canals with your choice of width, color
  • View/edit corresponding cross sections of nerve positions
  • View the marked nerve canal within 3D rendering of the skull volume

TMJ View
  • Choose an area of interest; set center point and axis direction, designed specifically for analyzing the temporomandibular joint
  • Choose desired slice thickness, width, number and direction (coronal, sagittal, or patent-pending circular)
  • View key cross-sections at the chosen axes

Cross Section View
  • Choose a path
  • Choose desired slice thickness, width, number and direction (linear or patient-pending circular)
  • View key cross sections along the chosen path
  • Examine groups of slices

Dual Volume Superimposition
Superimpose volume scans from different time points to visually track and accurately measure treatment changes in bones and in airways.
  • Choose a path
  • Choose desired slice thickness, width, number and direction (linear or patient-pending circular)
  • View key cross sections along the chosen path
  • Examine groups of slices

2D Facial Photo Wrap
Easily create a texture map on the facial surface of any CBCT, CT or MRI scan. Simply import the 2D frontal photo, and Dolphin 3D guides you through a quick and simple step-by-step process to add the photo to the 3D volume. No additional devices or add-ons are needed to create this wonderful visual identity for any patient’s 3D volume.

Movie/Image Layout Scripts
Automatically create animated movies by collecting “key frames” from your 3D volume or slice views. By altering the volume’s position, zoom factor, translucency, segmentation, clipping and timing attributes, create a movie script which may be reused for volumes of other patients.

Dolphin 3D then creates a smooth animated movie from your script. Spin, fly-by and see-through your volumetric object. Distribute movie files, add them to your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, or play them on your iPod or other portable media player. You control the movie’s speed, resolution, quality and file size with selectable video settings.

You can also export the script’s key frames as individual images. Create a composite set of image layouts of your 3D volume for later viewing or for transfer to referring clinicians.

reate diagnostic reports from your volumetric dataset. You build a workup report specific to a patient’s indication and the specialty of the referral. Build your own library of templates for implant sites, TMJ, impaction studies, tissue pathology, sinus and airway evaluation, and more; a library of existing templates is provided. The template is easily populated on the fly with desired images and cross sections from the volume. Reports can be exported to a document file or hardcopy printout.

System Requirements:
Verified Compatibility List (as of April 2013):

Windows XP, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, Windows 7 or Windows 8. For all supported operating system generations, Dolphin Imaging supports both the 32 and 64-bit versions, and supports the Business/Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions. Pentium 1.8GHz or faster, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA or ATI video card with at least 512MB Video RAM, 40GB available hard disk; contact your Dolphin representative for more details.

NOTE: Dolphin 3D is not supported under terminal services.

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3D Facial Camera (Wavefront .OBJ format)
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3D Implant Planning
Digital Study Models
View impacted teeth from any angle
Merge CBCT volume with surface data from 3D facial camera Isolate desired region of interest

Orientation setup screen

4-views (3D volume and the cross section
planes in equal sized windows)

Collimate to the exact areas you require
Frontal x-ray generated by Dolphin 3D

SMV x-ray generated by Dolphin 3D
Lateral ceph generated by Dolphin 3D

Generated ceph brought into Dolphin's 2D Ceph Tracing module

Display of airway volume and most constricted area

Airway measurements
Slice display of airway volume and most constricted area

Points can be digitized on the volume or on any of the slice views

View marked nerve under 3D

Easily locate and mark nerve

And view group of TMJ slices

Overview resulting TMJ

Isolate desired TMJ area

Select TMJ slicing position and parameters
Isolate desired cross section area
  Select cross section position and parameters

Top: Overview resulting cross section
Bottom: View groups of cross section slices
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Panoramic x-ray image created by
Dolphin 3D from CBCT image

Frontal cross section view

Perform progress superimpositions in 3D

2D Facial Photo Wrap
Dolphin Imaging software is designed for use by specialized dental practices for capturing, storing and presenting patient images and assisting in treatment planning and case diagnosis. Results produced by the software’s diagnostic and treatment planning tools are dependent on the interpretation of trained and licensed practitioners.
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