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Osstell Beacon FAQ

Updated June 28, 2020

This is a frequently asked questions for the Osstell Beacon. The Beacon is an easy-to-use instrument that provides an ISQ Value to help you to objectively and non-invasively determine implant stability in a matter of seconds. It uses proprietary and evidence based RFA (Resonance Frequency Analysis) technology.

Q. How do I get started?

A: Although it is possible to use the Osstell Beacon directly, depending on the status of the built-in rechargeable battery, it is recommended to charge the battery for at least 3 hours before using the Osstell Beacon instrument.

The Osstell Beacon is activated by a built-in motion sensor. As soon as the motion sensor detects movement, the Osstell Beacon will start-up and shortly show battery status and then be ready for measurement in the BL (Buccal – Lingual) direction, which is indicated in the upper display.

The Osstell Beacon will start to measure, indicated by an audible sound, when near an Osstell SmartPeg or Test peg due to a built-in magnetic detector that senses the magnet on the top of the Osstell SmartPeg/TestPeg. Measured data will be shown in the upper display combined with a colored light indication below the tip.

The red, yellow and green color indicates if the measured ISQ value corresponds to a low, medium or high implant stability according to the ISQ scale guidance.

After 60 seconds of no motion, the Osstell Beacon will turn off automatically.

Q. How do I measure with the Osstell Beacon?


  1. Activate the Osstell Beacon by picking it up. The instrument will start-up and after showing the battery status, the instrument will be ready for measurement in the BL (Buccal – Lingual) direction, which is prompted in the upper display as well as optimal angle towards the Smartpeg.
  2. Place a barrier sleeve over the Osstell beacon instrument.
  3. Place the SmartPeg into the SmartPeg Mount. The SmartPeg is magnetic, and the SmartPeg Mount will hold the SmartPeg. Attach the SmartPeg to the implant or abutment by screwing the SmartPeg Mount using finger force of approximately 4-6 Ncm. Do not over-tighten, to avoid damaging the SmartPeg threads.
  4. Hold the instrument tip close (3-5mm) to the top of the SmartPeg without touching it. An audible sound indicates when measurement has started, and measured data will be shown in the upper display combined with a colored light indication below the tip.

Q. Do I need to be connected to Wifi?

A: You can have your Osstell Beacon online connected to Osstell Connect for data collection, but it is not a requirement. The Osstell Connect is an online tool for statistical analysis and valuable insights based on your data, with benchmarks against the entire Osstell Connect database. Before you can start using data connection to Osstell Connect you have to register your Osstell Beacon. The serial number can be found on the back of the instrument.

Q. How do I clean the Osstell Beacon?

A: Before each use, moisten a gauze or soft cloth with an acceptable (see list below) surface disinfectant and wipe the whole Osstell Beacon instrument.

Note! Do not autoclave the Osstell Beacon instrument.

Routinely check the surface of the instrument tip and overall surface for possible cracks and resins.

Acceptable Cleaners: o Isopropyl alcohol o Ethyl alcohol-based cleaners

Do not use: o Strong alkali detergent of any type, including hand soaps and dish soaps Bleach based cleaners o Hydrogen Peroxide based cleaners Abrasive Cleansers o Acetone of hydrocarbon based cleaners MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) o Birex Glutaraldehyde Quaternary Ammonium Chloride salt-based cleaners

Q. How do I engage / disengage transportation mode?

A: The Osstell Beacon is delivered from factory in a “transport” mode, where the built-in motion sensor is deactivated. To deactivate the transport mode and start charging, connect the small USB connector of the Osstell USB cable to wide end of the instrument. Connect the large USB connector to a standard USB outlet of a PC, laptop or charger.

Q. Why is it that I get unexpected values or no readings when measuring?

A: Possible explanations include:

Re-Used SmartPeg: The SmartPegs are disposable and should only be used for one or multiple measurement at one treatment session, for a single patient only. Repeated re-use may result in false readings due to wear and tear of the soft aluminum SmartPeg threads.

Wrong SmartPeg type selected for the implant: See SmartPeg reference list

Bone or soft tissue in between SmartPeg and Implant: Make sure to clean the Implant prosthetic connection before attaching the SmartPeg.

Electromagnetic interference: Remove the source of electromagnetic interference.

Probe is held too far away from the SmartPeg: Hold the probe 3-5mm away from the SmartPeg.

Q. What is the warranty on the Osstell Beacon?

A: 2 years

Q. The display is showing an instruction book and a manual. What does that mean?

A: Finish charging your Osstell Beacon and leave it at room temperature for a few minutes, then try again. If the error remains, try resetting the device by pushing the reset button for at least one second.

Osstell Beacon Video: How to Measure Implant Stability

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