The 3M Attest Mini Auto-reader 490M is designed to provide dental offices with results in-house in 24 minutes. 

3M has released the 3M Attest Mini Auto-reader 490M, a sterilization monitoring system for dental offices that provides results in-house in 24 minutes. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends biological indicators, or spore tests, at least once a week to monitor the sterilization process. These tests monitor the killing of a large population of resistant microorganisms and provide assurance to dental practices that their sterilization cycle parameters have been met. Current biological indicator testing of sterilizers in dental offices, via in-office monitoring or mail-in service, can take anywhere from 24 hours to 1 week for results. During that time a malfunctioning sterilizer could be used to process instruments used on patients. 

The 3M Attest Mini Auto-reader 490M features a small footprint and is designed to incubate and read 3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicators 1491 and 1492V for a final fluorescent result in 24 minutes. 

“Routine monitoring using super rapid biological indicator technology can help reduce the risk of patient exposure to contaminated dental instruments,” said Eric Wenzel, director, 3M Oral Care Solutions Division. “And the compact size and competitive price of the Attest Mini Auto-reader makes in-office monitoring not just possible but practical for dental offices.”