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Radiographic multifunctionality

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If you are looking for a truly exceptional panoramic X-ray solution, look no further than the Sirona ORTHOPHOS SL range available from Clark Dental. 

 

The ORTHOPHOS SL 2D is capable of capturing incomparably sharp 2D panoramic images. This is possible thanks to the powerful DCS sensor, which significantly reduces conversion signal loss, and the unique Sharp Layer Technology. Not only this, but the 2D system can be upgraded to full 3D and can include an optional Ceph arm for greater diagnostic flexibility.   

 

The ORTHOPHOS SL 3D is available in two main volume sizes: 8x8cm or 11x10cm. Both of these devices have flexibility in volume, starting from 5x5.5cm upwards, for use with endodontic issues and single implant planning. With this expansive scope you will be able to adapt your diagnostic range to the specific needs of every patient and produce excellent 3D images every time.      

 

Complete with a number of innovative features that will help you ensure optimal positioning for your patient, the ORTHOPHOS SL range makes it possible for you to streamline your workflow and achieve diagnostic excellence.

 

The Sirona ORTHOPHOS SL range from Clark Dental will provide your practice with a truly flexible diagnostic system, benefitting both your team and your patients. Discover what it could do for you today.

 

For more information call Clark Dental on 01268 733 146, email  HYPERLINK "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.clarkdental.co.uk

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14

New Innovative Design - DTS 2016

New Innovative Design - DTS 2016

Andrea Johnson is an orthodontic technician working at the Royal Derby Teaching Hospital and is Vice Chair of the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA). She is excited to be speaking at the brand new Orthodontic Technician’s Seminar Stream at The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2016 where she will deliver a presentation entitled “The Unbreakable Herbst Appliance”. Here she speaks with enthusiasm about her seminar:

 

“I saw the new unbreakable Herbst appliance in Italy a few months ago and I’m really excited because it's a brilliant design and I want to tell everyone all about it.

 

“During the seminar I will be describing the innovative new design of the appliance. The original Herbst appliance is very effective for a variety of different problems, primarily where the mandible needs to be postured forward. However, the way the components sit in the acrylic of the appliance make it very prone to breakages and so it can be unreliable. The new design of appliance that I will discuss is almost unbreakable; it has exactly the same function but it operates in a different way and is not as flimsy and fragile.

 

“I will cover the benefits of the new design and the reasons why technicians would want to use the appliance. The design stage will be incorporated and technicians will take away knowledge about how it can be used and also where components can be sourced. This way, technicians can order in the parts and try it out in their own lab.

 

“I imagine that a lot of technicians will be interested in the new design because it is not just applicable to one specific discipline. Undoubtedly, the Herbst appliance would be used more by orthodontic technicians dealing with specified cases but prosthodontic and denture technicians may also use it occasionally.

 

“I will join many other presenters throughout the DTS educational programme who are excited about being able to talk to technicians from across the disciplines. Having that cross-over of knowledge is valuable because the conversations, points and questions that arise offer a range of different perspectives that we ourselves may not have considered.

 

“I think that the co-location of The Dentistry Show and DTS does very well because it’s an exclusive arrangement. Dentists often visit the DTS area to source laboratory services and products, or to seek advice on various techniques and materials. It’s a mutually enjoyable exchange; technicians can also visit stands at The Dentistry Show to see what clinicians are using, which helps us to offer a better service for them in return.

 

“A lot of the other shows cater more for the clinical side of dentistry. To have a venue with a lab-dedicated area featuring a range of lab-based products and services, as well as lectures designed specifically to interest them, is extremely beneficial. I’ve seen other shows try this approach, of course, but DTS seems to be the best.”

 

To attend Andrea’s seminar and to take advantage of the wealth of educational and networking opportunities, book your ticket for DTS 2016 today.

 

DTS 2016 will be held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the NEC Birmingham, co-located with The Dentistry Show.

For more information visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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See more, treat more - Nuview

See more, treat more - Nuview

In dentistry what you can see greatly affects what you can treat. By embracing the latest magnification and visualisation technology, such as the Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico dental microscope, your practice will see countless benefits and be able to treat so much more.

 

Available in the UK from Nuview, the OPMI Pico incorporates the latest video and ‘live streaming’ technology, allowing you to record examinations and treatments in HD. The innovative camera options available facilitate excellent patient consultation and documentation and provide a fantastic tool for education and communication for the whole dental team.

 

The compact, high performing and easy-to-use OPMI Pico offers solid, ergonomic support for the most demanding of applications – whether in restorative dentistry, endodontics, implantology or periodontics. It is also available with a Varioskop objective lens that allows you to adjust the focal length to focus on virtually any image detail without leaving your preferred working position.

 

To find out more about the Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico contact Nuview today.      

 

For more information please call Nuview on 01453 872266,

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NOV
02

Fast Forward For Dental Precision - Carestream

Fast Forward For Dental Precision - Carestream

Rapidly produced products are often poor quality. If we take the example of fast food, this is widely accepted – you will not find ‘Superfood’ in your fried chicken bucket, but a meal delivered within seconds, saving you hours of toil in the kitchen. Convenience versus excellence is often the trade off for speedy delivery. But is this an exchange we’re still happy with in the 21st Century?

 

Today, convenience and immediacy are ever more in demand but with less room to compromise on quality. For example, the first digital cameras produced low resolution, poor quality images that couldn’t compete with the detail and pin sharp quality of conventional film/transparencies. However, in recent times the developmental explosion in digital photography embraced the modern age and replaced conventional, film photography. Not only are there cameras available that generate pictures in enormous file sizes (such as 36 megapixels), they can also integrate High Definition video functions (gaining popularity over conventional ‘stills’ photography) and even allow you to adjust the focus after the picture has been taken.

 

Today, the speed of digital photography is taken for granted. Formerly, with conventional film cameras, an initial camera click led to processing, printing and perhaps retouching – commonly taking up to a week. Nowadays, digital photography is instantly downloaded, manipulated in Photoshop and then emailed or shared via an internet platform. It’s now so commonplace that we forget how time consuming this whole process used to be. Without digital images, we would have a very different world – no Instagram, Snapchat, or pictures on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Similarly, restorative dentistry has made enormous strides in technology, but these innovations have been married with remarkable improvements in quality. Digital intraoral scanning, CAD/CAM and 3D capabilities have improved the patient experience enormously. A comparative study conducted by Bio Med Central in 2014, tested conventional and digital techniques with the same patients – 100% preferred the digital option, from the perspectives of comfort through to the amount of time spent in the dentist’s chair.[i] Today, using the combination of intra oral scanning, CAD/CAM and 3D printing, technicians can produce a wide range of bespoke models and orthodontic appliances, constituting failsafe precision.

 

The CS 9300 CBCT and panoramic imaging system from Carestream Dental offers both rapid and faultless restorative dentistry. There are 7 fields of view enabling clinicians to meet patients’ diagnostic needs with impressive detail, and two low radiation dose options that give exposure control by both the adjustable field of vision and rapid scanning functions. Available on its own or as part of the fully integrated digital system, the CS 9300 system offers streamlined workflows, increased productivity, patient security and satisfaction. Let technology save you the precious time needed to fully focus on your patients.

 

For more information please contact the experts at Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

 

 

 

 



[i] Comparison of digital and conventional impression techniques: evaluation of patients’ perception, treatment comfort, effectiveness and clinical outcomes

Emir Yuzbasioglu*Hanefi KurtRana Turunc and Halenur Bilir http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6831/14/10 (Accessed 30/7/2014)

 

 

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NOV
02

Straumann Headline Sponsor of DTS 2016

Straumann Headline Sponsor of DTS 2016

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) is pleased to welcome Straumann as Headline Sponsor for the 2016 event.

 

Event Director Chris Brown comments:

“We are delighted that Straumann, a leading provider in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry, is supporting DTS in this way. Together, we hope to deliver a diverse range of high quality education for all delegates, while also presenting the very latest products, materials and state-of-the-art technologies on the market.”

 

Stephen Booth, Country Manager of Straumann UK notes,

‘CADCAM and digital technology is becoming even more essential for streamlining laboratories to make them more efficient. In a rapidly changing market, we are excited to showcase our solutions for technicians and DTS provides the ideal opportunity to explore how we can work together in partnership.’

 

At the UK’s largest and leading event for dental technology, DTS, held alongside The Dentistry Show, the Straumann team will be available across the two-days demonstrating their extensive range of innovations for dental laboratories.

 

The Straumann® Dental lmplant System is complemented by a range of matching precision components, designed and crafted to the highest quality standards in order to ensure long-term reliability, and technicians are encouraged to use genuine Straumann components to ensure the long-term success of all implant cases. The Straumann® Variobase® Abutment delivers a highly cost-effective solution for screw-retained single crowns and cement-retained crowns and bridges on either Bone or Tissue level implants, offering extended restoration options for maximum design freedom.

 

Straumann is also a leading developer of digital solutions that seamlessly connect computer-assisted imaging, planning, design and manufacturing across the entire tooth replacement/restoration workflow. With this advanced technology, the company offers state-of-the-art CADCAM prosthetics to specialists, general dentists and dental laboratories around the world. Straumann® CARES® CADCAM prosthetics are manufactured to very high precision standards in centralised milling, processing a broad range of materials.
 

Additionally, Straumann’s partnership with Createch provides a wide range of CADCAM structure solutions for implant-borne dental prostheses for a variety of indications, and is importantly underlined by Straumann’s Guarantee of clinical accuracy of components.

 

DTS 2016 will be held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April at the NEC Birmingham. For more information please visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5263 or email dts@closerstillmedia.com

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OCT
03

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) Returns

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) Returns

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) is well established as the event of the year for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and lab owners. The 2015 show welcomed more than 1,500 professionals through the door and so it remains the best-attended event in the UK, with 84% of delegates rating the show as excellent or good[1].

 

Highlights of 2015

  • 95% of delegates discovered new products and services and / or suppliers among the extensive exhibition.
  • 47% of delegates made purchases while at the show.
  • More than half of those in attendance were interested in CAD/CAM solutions.

New for 2015, the CAD/CAM Theatre proved highly popular, with leading experts presenting inspirational cases, fresh ideas and cutting-edge technologies. Also introduced for the first time was Launchpad UK, introducing the latest products, materials and equipment on the UK market following global launches at IDS 2015 only a few months previous.

Further highlights of the event included the Association of Dental Implantology’s (ADI) Implant Theatre and copious networking and socialising opportunities. The Lecture Theatre also hosted a selection of world-class speakers, plus there were opportunities to witness live demonstrations in the Practical Theatre and then get hands-on with new materials in the workshops.

What’s New for 2016?

As the Dental Laboratories Association’s flagship event, DTS has long received support from various leading dental organisations and societies. In 2016, we are delighted to welcome two brand new educational features run in conjunction with the Orthodontic Technologists Association (OTA) and the British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT).

Orthodontic Technician’s Seminar Stream – Supported by the OTA

This brand new seminar stream will offer a combination of exciting lectures and workshops suitable for both experienced orthodontic technicians and those who work in other fields and are interested in finding out more. A range of topics will be discussed from cleft lip and palate care to multi-stranded wire retainers and positioning stent, orthodontic technology materials and poly(methyl methacrylate)- free appliances. Sessions will also be run by top names in the field, including:

  • James Green, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andrea Johnson, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Paul Mallett, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rye Mattick, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Edward Mapley, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Daniel Shaw, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Paul Mallett, OTA Chairman, comments:

“The OTA is happy to be contributing to the educational programme at DTS 2016, where we will be presenting highly informative and relevant sessions for delegates to enjoy. DTS has been a great event in previous years, giving us, as the representative association for orthodontic technicians here in the UK, a valuable opportunity to engage with our fellow technicians and to continue to work as an education partner with DTS. We look forward to connecting with more orthodontic technicians during the next event.”

National CDT Conference – in partnership with the BACDT

Providing headline speakers, verifiable CPD and a professional trade show, the BACDT Annual Conference has always been a great event. By partnering with DTS 2016, the experience will be taken to a whole new level for all those in attendance. The conference will be open to all clinical dental technicians and dental professionals with an interest in the spectrum of topics explored.

Alan Forest, Director for Membership at the BACDT, says:

“DTS, co-located with The Dentistry Show, is the perfect venue to hold the BACDT Conference due to the mix of high profile speakers, great trade turn out and great networking opportunities.”

Don’t miss out

All the favouriteswill also return for 2016 including the CAD/CAM Theatre, ADI Implant Theatre and an array of stimulating lectures, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Up to 14 hours of vCPD will be achievable for every delegate and Steve Campbell RDT will be chairing the educational programme to ensure standards remain high. He comments:

“I believe this is the most important show in the UK for dental technicians and lab owners. I hope that we can make a real statement about the quality and passion of UK dental technology by showcasing some of the world class technicians we have working in the UK labs, that are now lecturing all over the world.”

The exhibition floor will also be the perfect place to source the very latest innovations, materials and products, with fantastic deals on offer and all the experts on hand to help.

So, for the chance to discover something new, develop your skills, expand your professional network and have a great two days, make sure you don’t miss DTS 2016!

 

DTS 2016 will be held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the NEC Birmingham, co-located with The Dentistry Show

 

For more information visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5263 or email dts@closerstillmedia.com

 

 

 

 



[1] Results taken from completed post show survey and show report and were correct as of May 2015.

 

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JUL
27

Revolutionise your practice with MyRay

Revolutionise your practice with MyRay

We all want an easier life, especially when it comes to work. As the dental profession benefits from a wide range of technological advancements it means there are many methods available to be able to do this.

 

Although digital imaging systems do incur an initial outlay, the effect they can have on your working life can be of huge benefit to you and the rest of the dental team. MyRay produces a range of systems to suit any needs, such as the Hyperion X9, which incorporates a modular concept enabling you to start with 2D panoramic imaging and upgrade to its 3-in-1 solution when required.

The MyRay range also boasts intraoral X-ray units offering you precision positioning and imaging every time. The ergonomic unit offers wireless convenience and image clarity meaning that taking radiographs is simple and fast.

To discover how you could revolutionise your dental practice through digital imaging, contact MyRay today.

 

For more information contact MyRay on 0870752221 or go to www.my-ray.co.uk.

 

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27

Take Away the Grind | Sparkle Dental Labs

Take Away the Grind | Sparkle Dental Labs

Do you have patients that grind their teeth and cause dental damage?

 

Sparkle Dental Labs can join you in the fight against destruction and to help reduce the effects of bruxism by producing top quality night guards and splints.

After a detailed impression, you can rely on the expert knowledge of award-winning Sparkle Dental Labs to create accurate and efficient appliances.

As one of the largest British dental laboratories, Sparkle Dental Labs’ team of highly experienced technicians are committed to providing consistently good workmanship using cutting-edge technology and processes.

All products are handcrafted using first class, traceable materials, to exacting British standards and in full compliance with the regulations.

Dedicated to patient care, Sparkle Dental Labs understands that each patient deserves the best and extends the upmost attention to detail to every product.

Help your patients to avoid the damage of the grind now – put your trust in the expert hands of Sparkle Dental Labs and contact the team today.

 

For any additional information please call 0800 138 6255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit:

www.sparkledentallabs.com
 

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27

Incorporating technology could be easier than you think | NuView

Incorporating technology could be easier than you think | NuView

Don’t be daunted by dental microphotography. It can be invaluable for improving the examination and treatment of your patients and also enables you to produce high resolution, vibrant, clear images extremely easily.

 

The Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico dental microscope combines maximum functionality and high specification with user-friendly operational features.

The OPMI Pico makes fine details clearly visible, and provides solid support for the most challenging treatments whether in restoration, endodontics, implantology or periodontics.

The OPMI Pico dental microscope offers fine focusing and a five-step magnification changer for quality vision and it is exactly tailored to the needs of dentistry. Objective lenses with focal lengths of 200mm, 250mm 300mm and 350mm are available to match the microscope to the dentist’s preferred position. Alternatively Varioskop technology can be incorporated to allow a variable working distance, enhancing posture an ease of use.

Practitioners can integrate a digital or video camera with the OPMI Pico dental microscope to produce brilliant images bringing benefits to the patient and improving the quality of examinations and treatment available.

A high performance dental microscope with integrated camera equipment will produce fast, efficient results adding value to the dental practice.

 

For more information please call Nuview on 01453 872266, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nuview.co

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JUL
19

Which implant is best? | Sparkle Dental Labs

Which implant is best? | Sparkle Dental Labs

Over the past couple of decades there has been a rapid rise in the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth. This has led to an increase in the development of implants and with more than 500 available on the market the choice is vast[1].

The large numbers of implants available come in all shapes and sizes with considerable variations in the material used, the morphology of the implant, the type of abutment connection and the surface characteristics1.

From a chemical point of view, they are currently being manufactured from three groups: metals, ceramics and polymers. These are commonly divided by biocompatibility based on the type of biological response they elicit in the long-term interaction with the host tissue. These include biotolerant (stainless steel, chromium-cobalt alloy), bioinert (titanium, carbon) and bioactive (hydroxylapatite, ceramic oxidized aluminium)[2],[3].

Titanium remains the material of choice, as it offers no allergic and immunological reactions and no neoplasm formation. Bone grows along the titanium oxide surface, which is formed immediately (9-10 seconds) after contact with air or tissue fluid and can reach a thickness of 2-10nm in one second. This stable surface is biocompatible and provides high corrosion resistance, high passivity and resistance to chemical attack3,[4].

Implants also vary in design. The majority of modern root form dental implants are threaded, although the thread pitch or profile can differ significantly between manufactures. Threads play an important role in primary stability and long-term success of dental implants. The micro-thread, for example, features small threads around the neck, which engage the dense cortical bone better and distribute occlusal loads more optimally[5].

Surface properties of the implant can also greatly influence the longevity and function of the implant-supported prosthesis[6]. Rough implant surfaces result in better osseointegration than smooth surfaces, though smooth surfaces seem to have a reduced risk of future bone resorption3.

Surface design is one factor along with length, diameter and shape that affects the contact area; this consequently impacts on stability and the ability of the prosthetic to withstand force. The maximal load is proportional to the total bone-implant contact surface, although the ideal fixture size remains to be determined. However, the dimension of implants should be congruent with the bone available at the surgical site and the treatment plan2.

Implant dentistry is an evolving science with new materials and designs continually being introduced. Working with a laboratory that uses the latest technology and research to create high-quality implants is essential.

Sparkle Dental Labs is one such laboratory that continues to invest in research, development and the latest state-of-the-art technology. The wide range of outstanding implants includes those from the most popular brands, which are all crafted by experienced, highly skilled UK technicians. The high quality materials complement the expert craftsmanship and with full traceability for every item, you are guaranteed first class products every time.

Implantology continues to advance, and by working with a leading lab, dental professionals can liaise with expert technicians to ensure the best implant is chosen for every case, aiding integration and optimising success.

 

For more details about Sparkle Dental Labs, please call 0800 138 6255, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit:

www.sparkledentallabs.com

 



[1] Barfeie, A., Wilson, J., & Rees, J. (2015). Summary of: Implant surface characteristics and their effect on osseointegration. British Dental Journal, 218, 292-293.

[2] Huang, L., Shotwell, J. L., & Wang, H. (2005). Dental implants for orthodontic anchorage. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 127, 713-722.

[3] Barfeie, A., Wilson, J., & Rees, J. (2015). Implant surface characteristics and their effect on osseointegration. British Dental Journal, 218, 1-9.

[4] Variola, F., et al. (2011). Nanoscale surface modifications of medically-relevant metals: state-of-the art and perspectives. Nanoscale, 3 (2), 335-353.

[5] Association of Dental Implantology. A dentist’s guide to implantology. Available online: http://www.adi.org.uk/profession/dentist_guide/a-dentists-guide-to-implantology.pdf [Accessed 26th January 2015].

[6] Ogle, O. E. (2015). Implant surface material, design, and osseointegration. Dental Clinics of North America, in press.

 

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JUL
19

Pushing Boundaries with the Carestream CS 8100 imaging system

Pushing Boundaries with the Carestream CS 8100 imaging system

Combining sophisticated technology with simple user interactions, the CS 8100 imaging system pushes the boundaries of panoramic imaging.


Brought to you by Carestream Dental, the intuitive CS 8100 features automated processes to enable a smooth and efficient workflow. Images produced are crystal clear with minimal spinal column shadows for accurate and reliable diagnostics.

Its compact design provides versatile installation possibilities and it can be adjusted to suit patients of all heights, shapes and sizes, enabling image acquisition in just 10 seconds.

Connecting to your network vie Ethernet, the CS 8100 excels both on its own and when integrated within your existing practice management software, enhancing the image sharing and communications processes with patients and other team members.

Giving you even more peace of mind, the team at Carestream Dental are committed to the eXceed customer service programme, ensuring you have easy access to all the information and support you could need, whenever you need it.

Discover the CS 8100 panoramic imaging system from Carestream Dental today.

 

For more information, contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

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25

It’s an easy life with efficient technology - Carestream Dental

It’s an easy life with efficient technology - Carestream Dental

The digital workflow has brought with it a great many advantages to modern dentistry including enhanced communications between practice and lab.

 

CS Solutions from Carestream Dental offers all of these benefits, as practices using the innovative system are able to send you more comprehensive and accurate instructions for any and all work requested.

 

You’ll simply receive an open STL file from your client containing all the information you need within minutes of them sending it. This means you can even discuss a case while the patient is still in the dental chair, ensuring enhanced collaboration for exceptional treatment outcomes.

 

What’s more, it costs you nothing to work with practices operating with CS Solutions – you needn’t purchase any new software or pay for any upgrades at any time. You simply need any open CAD or CAD/CAM system in place, and that’s it!

 

So regardless of the complexity of a case, you and your clients can trust CS Solutions to help you achieve the very best results for every patient.

 

For more information, contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

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