Align_Technology_iTero_Element_2Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, announced the expansion of its iTero Element® portfolio with the launch of the iTero Element 2 and the iTero Element Flex scanners. The new scanners will be showcased at the company’s booth (#501) at the 2018 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session in Washington, DC, on May 5 to 8.

According to a press release from the company, these scanners build on the existing high-precision, full-color imaging and fast scan times of the iTero Element portfolio.

The next-generation iTero Element 2 is designed for better performance with 2x faster start-up and 25% faster scan processing time compared to the iTero Element.

Align_Technology_iTero_Element_FlexMeanwhile, the iTero Element Flex is a wand-only device that turns compatible laptop computers into a portable scanner that works anywhere, making it ideal for practices with multiple locations that need a scanner that is convenient and easy to transport.

The iTero Element 2 features a 21.5-inch monitor and 16:9 widescreen viewing format. It has an integrated lithium-ion battery, which allows for transport between operatories without the need to plug in for power or to reboot. The iTero Element 2 features an ergonomic, centered wand cradle located in front of the scanner.

The iTero Element Flex wand-only configuration, which can be used with compatible laptops, includes a custom-designed carry case.

Like all iTero Element scanners, both the Element 2 and Element Flex are designed to work with existing iTero orthodontic and restorative workflows, including laboratory workflows, custom milled models, open STL export, custom implant abutment, and chairside milling partners. According to the company, all iTero Element scanners generate full-color, high-definition 3D scans in as little as 60 seconds.

iTero Element 2 and iTero Element Flex scanners are now available in the United States and the majority of European countries. They are pending approval in Canada and will be available in select Asia Pacific markets soon. The iTero Element scanner will continue to be available in all markets.