Pearl has received CE certification for its Second Opinion artificial intelligence (AI) solution for assisting dentists in radiologic detection of dental pathologies. According to the company, Second Opinion is the first device of its kind to receive CE marking for detecting a full range of dental conditions in dental X-rays, enabling it to be released in the European market without restrictions.
Radiologic interpretation varies widely among dentists as demonstrated in research, according to the company, and is a primary impediment to patient trust in dental care. Pearl also noted how published accounts of fraud and other forms of impropriety further undermine patient trust. The company said it aims to restore trust via patented computer vision technologies that bring transparency and objectivity to diagnostic radiology.
Second Opinion applies those technologies to detect and measure a comprehensive array of pathologies, existing restorations, and natural anatomy in dental X-rays, Pearl said. The system instantly analyzes X-rays upon capture, allowing dentists conducting dental exams to review Second Opinion detections overlaid on the X-ray image and display them for patients on exam room monitors, the company said.
Using the AI as a second set of eyes, dentists help ensure the reliability of their diagnostic findings, Pearl said. Then, showing patients the Second Opinion detection, they fortify patient confidence that treatment recommendations are supported by the AI’s objective analysis, the company said.
“To deliver the best oral health outcomes, as a practitioner I need patients to have faith in me and I need to have faith in my diagnoses,” said Dr. Kyle Stanley, a practicing dentist and Pearl’s chief clinical officer.
“We developed Second Opinion to take faith out of both sides of that equation. Dentists will always have the last word, but our clinical judgment becomes more accurate and more consistent when we’re collaborating with AI,” said Stanley.
“Second Opinion will deliver the obvious benefits of a consistent, higher standard of care, and it will also bring the second-order benefits—more dental patients, higher case acceptance, and improved communication—that drive growth for the entire dental category,” said Ophir Tanz, Pearl founder and CEO.