Just like the digital cameras many people use to take their photos, we have converted (in 1999) to state-of-the-art digital imaging.  Radiographs (pictures made with x-rays) and photographs have always been diagnostic tools of a dental practice and now they have greatly improved in more  ways than one.  Here are some of the advantages we have noted during our use of digital imaging:

  • In the case of digital radiography, there is an 85 to 90% reduction in the amount of radiation required to expose conventional films.

  • A digital panoramic radiograph can actually be taken with about the same radiation as two of the smaller films.

  • The diagnostic quality of the radiographs (x-ray pictures) has improved greatly due to the ability to modify, enhance and/or magnify any aspect of the images.  Having a better diagnosis allows us to make better treatment decisions.

  • Storage (archiving) is much easier, loss is unheard of and back up allows off-site storage of all the data.

  • Both radiographs and photographs can easily be emailed to specialists, making consultations (on your behalf) much more effective.

  • Increased communication and understanding between dentist and patient as the images are enlarged on operatory monitors. 

  • There are no chemicals used to process the film.  The result is that the clinic does not have the acidic (vinegar-like) smell and there are no heavy metal (silver processing salts) developing and processing solutions poured into the sewage system.  This is a huge benefit for the environment.





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