Ease of Cleaning


Infection control is in the news.  And, while FDA-approved barriers provide important protection, the CDC and ADA each call for cleaning between patients:

To minimize the potential for device-associated infections, after removing the barrier, the device should be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered disinfectant (intermediate-level) after each patient.  *


  • Does the sensor design avoid crevices which take more effort and time to clean?
  • Is the sensor immersible in cold sterilants?


Ease Of Cleaning.  Time spent cleaning a sensor is time away from patients.  So a sensor which is easier to clean may improve patient care and practice production.  Therefore, XDR paid special attention to the cord-attachment button, where most sensors have creases or crevices.  In response, XDR designed the Anatomic Sensor to have a smooth transition from button to sensor plate.

FIgure 1 - Cord-attachment button, showing no creases
Figure 1 – Cord-attachment button, showing a smooth contour and transition
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Figure 2 – Competitive cord-attachment buttons, showing transitions


Waterproof.  If a barrier should break, it would be good to know you can immerse your sensor in a cold sterilant.  Therefore, XDR designed the Anatomic Sensor to be hermetically sealed and therefore waterproof.

Figure 3 - Anatomic Sensor is hermetically sealed and waterproof
Figure 3 – Anatomic Sensor is hermetically sealed and waterproof


Ergonomic Features

Objective Feature
Canine-Premolar Contact Maximal Mesial Imaging Area
Intraoral Visibility White Face
Comfort Rounded Corners
Comfort Beveled Corners
Ease of Placement Thin
Ease of Placement Small Button
Ease of Cleaning No Creases or Crevices
Waterproof Hermetically Sealed; Immersible
Strong Cord Kevlar Cable
Shock Resistance Protection Plate
Handling Ease Two-Meter Cord



Many sensors address some of the ergonomic issues. Only the XDR Anatomic Sensor addresses all of these issues.


*  References:
  1. Kohn, W. G., Collins, A. S., Cleveland, J. L., Harte, J. A., Eklund, K. J., & Malvitz, D. M. (2003). Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings–2003. MMWR Recomm Rep, 52(17), 1-61.
  2. American Dental Association (ADA). 2016. Oral Health Topics Infection Control [Internet]. ADA.org; [cited 2016 October 6]. Available from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/infection-control-resources