Caries detection - Seeing is believing

The KaVo DIAGNOcam is a compact and mobile device for caries detection. It uses DIFOTI Technology (Digital Imaging Fiber Optic Transillumination) to illuminate the tooth. It supports the diagnosis of occlusal, interproximal and secondary caries as well as cracks. Download free study here!

By using infrared light, enamel appears glass-like. In contrast to healthy teeth, carious lesions absorb more light and consequently remain dark. The KaVo DIAGNOcam allows you to determine location and extent of dental caries without using an x-ray.

Due to this technology, teeth cleaning is not required prior to using DIAGNOcam. The images are easy to interpret and support enhanced patient communication.

"As far as I'm concerned, the DIAGNOcam is the perfect supplement and has been in daily use since the first day."
Dentist Marc Ehle

"With a good conscience I can declare that finally, there is safety in the diagnosis of tooth decay. In my opinion, the DIAGNOcam is the practice tool of the year."
Dr. Holl


Dental Intraoral X-Ray Camera DIAGNOcam


See more, treat more

KaVo DIAGNOcam offers a new spectrum of diagnostics and treatment:

  • Detection of the full range of caries - from initial to dentine caries - for individual treatments
  • Real-time images: Images and videos that will excite you and your patients live on screen without delay
  • No radiation: Diagnosis of radiophobes, cancer patients, children, pregnant women and non-mobile patients


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Find out more about the DIAGNOcam, how it fits your needs and how it is used in practices all over the world:

  • Compare the images from DIAGNOcam with radiographs or images from intraoral cameras.
  • Learn why the University LMU in Munich uses DIAGNOcam and how they interpret the images.
  • Our accounting recommendations will help you making DIAGNOcam a cornerstone of your practice's success.

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How does the DIAGNOcam procedure work?

The principle is actually quite simple: Perhaps you are familiar with so-called fibre-glass lamps in which a lamp shines its light into existent light rods, which then shine at the end of the rod.

Teeth behave in a similar fashion. Although there are no glass fibres here to transport the light, the dental enamel assumes this function. In order to exploit this phenomenon as effectively as possible for the diagnosis of caries, a light that is completely harmless to your health is shone through the tooth. Healthy dental substance will shine through. Whereas areas that are light-impermeable, such as caries, are clearly visible as dark spots – involving no dental Xray. An integrated video camera transfers the situation in your mouth live to a screen. Thus, the procedure may be repeated as often as necessary due to the lack of radiation (caries monitoring). This provides benefits especially to children, pregnant women and also disabled patients for whom exposure to radiation should be avoided as far as possible.


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Gentle - pleasant - no X-ray radiation

DIAGNOcam has two sources of light shining laterally through the tooth, thus making carious lesions visible as dark spots. The procedure is much more gentle and pleasant than radiography because no X-ray radiation is used and therefore uncomfortable dental Xray sensors or film holders need not be positioned.

Your dentist will show and explain to you the condition of your teeth on the computer screen and even you will be able to recognise caries defects yourself.

Interproximal caries in a permanent premolar

Dental Intraoral X-Ray Camera DIAGNOcam

Apart from occlusal browning, a clinical investigation of premolar 15 does not identify any other signs of carious processes. In contrast, the DIAGNOcam image.

Dental Intraoral X-Ray Camera DIAGNOcam

Points out extensive distal shadowing, which has already extended to the dentine-enamel junction. The associated bitewing X-ray picture.

Dental Intraoral X-Ray Camera DIAGNOcam

Points to a carious process reaching into the inner half of the dentine. After exposure of the carious process in the context of filling therapy.

Source: Created by the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Polyclinic of Dentistry and Periodontology, 2012

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