The Dental Advisor

Page view compliments of: DentalEZ


  • The award of Editors' Choice signifies the most unique and significant product in the issue. The editors review each product and clinical evaluation article scheduled for an issue and then select the issue's Editors' Choice.

Consultants' Comments

  • “Identafi made my patients very aware of my intraoral examination.”
  • “The small size is great. It is very easy to use.”
  • “Definitely helped evaluate distinct lesions.”
  • “No messy and bad tasting dyes or solutions needed.”
  • “The mirror often was not necessary.”
  • “There is a delay when turning the light on.”
  • “I would prefer more intensity to the violet light.”
  • “Make the eyewear compatible with loupes.”
  • “Buttons to switch light are cumbersome.”


Identafi is an oral examination light used as an adjunct in detecting soft tissue lesions. The hand-held unit is battery operated and produces light in three spectral wavelengths.

  • White Light illuminates the tissue for conventional examination.
  • Violet Light (405 nm) enhances the fluorescence of normal tissue; tissue with loss of fluorescence should be examined further.
  • Green-Amber Light is a narrow band reflectance that can help differentiate between normal and abnormal vasculature.

Identafi is intended to enhance the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer or dysplasia that may not be apparent to the naked eye. It can also be used by a surgeon to aid in determining the appropriate margin for surgical excision. The complete unit includes the Identafi unit, batteries, 100 mirrors and special filtered clinician eyewear. Identafi was used by seven consultants in 90 uses. It received an 87% clinical rating.

Suggested Retail Cost

$3,795 QI promo-$2,795/ Complete Unit

Product Features

Identafi is a small, compact light that has the familiar feel of a dental instrument, which encourages its use and makes it more likely to be integrated into the exam routine. In cases where a lesion was apparent with the un-aided eye, Identafi was rated very good for enhancing its visualization. The ability of Identafi to increase the visibility of indistinct or occult lesions varied among users. During the evaluation period, some users did not find any lesions, while others did. The use of an oral cancer screening aid such as Identafi engages the patient in the process and can increase awareness. The light itself is simple to use and functioned trouble-free. Fifty-seven percent of consultants reported that Identafi was better than their current oral cancer screening method. Fifty-seven percent of consultants would switch to and recommend Identafi.

Clinical Tip

  • Turn room and operator lights off - darken the room to maximize visualization with Identafi.


  • More About: DentalEZ, Diagnostic Equipment - Cancer Screening Device


    Featured in:
    May 2012 Volume 29, No. 04

    Bookmark and Share

    Subscriber Toolbox