Pro Vecta S-Pan

by Larry Emmott on December 18, 2014

in Radiography

ProVectaSPan00My friend Dr. Dale Miles (who knows a whole lot more about digital imaging than I do) really likes this new pan.

From a single exposure, only S-Pan acquires 20 layers of images and slices them into 20,000 fragments. The best are selected and compiled to generate a single, exceptionally sharp panoramic image–automatically!

via Air Techniques.

The problem with dental panoramic radiographs has always been the curve and thickness of the mandible. Everybody is a bit different from everybody else, however the system has to focus the x-ray beam somewhere. In the past manufacturers have chosen averages and sometimes you get a clear diagnostics image and sometimes…not so much.

The S-Pan uses digital technology to take twenty different layers then combine them as needed to get the best image. In a sense the software customizes the image trough to each person.

Check out Dr. Miles website here.

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Sharp Sticks and Canaries

by Larry Emmott on December 18, 2014

in Dental Speaker,Diagnostics

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179 Update

by Larry Emmott on December 17, 2014

in Hardware,Management

Good news, if you have or are considering purchasing equipment this year!  Congress has passed a bill that moves your Section 179 Deduction from $25,000 to $500,000.  Important, this is only for items purchased and installed in the 2014 Calendar Year.  Go to www.section179.org  to find out more information.

I suggest you consider year end technology investments in this order:

  • Network
  • Radiography
  • Camera
  • Cad Cam
  • CBCT

PS: You would be a fool to take this as tax advise, blah blah blah consult your tax adviser to determine your personal situation. :-)

 

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on December 17, 2014

in Dental Art

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“First visit to the dentist” This painting is by English Aesthetic Movement painter Edward Robert Hughes. It was painted around 1866. I decided another older more classical dental art image was appropriate before year end. This picture is not nearly as brutal as many older paintings such as this. Never the less it was created before novacaine was available and the dentist hiding the forceps behind his back is undoubtedly sinister.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.

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The Innovators

by Larry Emmott on December 16, 2014

in General

“How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” I posted about this book last week when I was just getting started with it. Now I am done and recommend it even more. It is easy, compelling reading with lots of personal insights and interesting historical tidbits. The geek on your Christmas list will love it.

 

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What does “Cloud” really mean?

by Larry Emmott on December 16, 2014

in Internet,Software

Cloud refers mostly to three things.

  1. Cloud is often used simply as another word for Internet. 
  2. Cloud storage refers to storing data on a computer somewhere on the Internet not on the computer in your office. People store photos, music and even patient records online. 
  3. Cloud Computing is the sexiest meaning of cloud where the actual computing is done on a computer in the internet not in your office. For example if you ask the computer on your desk to add two plus two the computing is not done in your machine but the numbers are sent to a computer somewhere else, say at  MIT in Boston and the numbers are added together there, then the answer is sent back to you at your desk.

This is how cloud base management systems work like Curve and Dentrix Ascend.

(Interestingly the original meaning of cloud computing is none of these now common definitions but actually referred to distributive computing where the power of multiple machines was linked together through the Internet.)

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Microsoft tells US: The world’s servers are not yours for the taking

December 16, 2014

From Ars Technica: Microsoft’s fight against the US position that it may search its overseas servers with a valid US warrant is getting nasty. via Microsoft tells US: The world’s servers are not yours for the taking | Ars Technica. Related: For now it is safe to assume anything online is discoverable. This does not […]

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Top Twelve Dentrix Tips of the Year

December 15, 2014

It’s time once again for our Countdown to Christmas, featuring the top twelve most-viewed Dentrix Tips of the year, via (17) Dentrix.

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Hi Tech Diagnostics

December 15, 2014

How do you find decay? Poke the tooth with a sharp stick? How do you pick a shade? Hold up a paint chip and pick what looks the best? How do you measure a perio pocket? Push in a dip stick? How do you check for TMJ problems? Put your fingers over the joint and […]

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Holiday Shopping

December 14, 2014

Please do me a favor: When you shop at Amazon, just click through one of my links first like the one below or those on the right hand column. You’ll support EOT at no cost to yourself. I appreciate it, especially this time of year!

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26 “Jokes” only a Geek will find funny

December 14, 2014
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Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable

December 13, 2014

From the NYT: Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report. “Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,”… Read it here

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What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

December 13, 2014

From Harvard Business Review: …we will soon be looking at hordes of citizens of zero economic value. Figuring out how to deal with the impacts of this development will be the greatest challenge facing free market economies in this century. via What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?. Interesting. As a rule I am a high […]

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Today

December 13, 2014

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Holiday Playlists Available from Tellcast.tv

December 12, 2014

last week that we have added holiday programming to your playlist!  Over this week we will be added more and more holiday playlists.  These playlists will be available from within your portal and will include music and videos from the most popular December holidays via Holiday Playlists Available from Tellcast.tv | Tellcast News. I like […]

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Communications in the 21st Century

December 11, 2014

58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails.  76% of dental patients say email is the best way for companies to communicate with them.   So the question is…are you using it? Or even better are you gathering patient e-mail addresses in order to use it? Most Practice Management Systems like Dentrix have […]

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Year End is coming Fast

December 11, 2014

As a quick follow up to the message below. If you want to purchase a digital radiography system before year end one of my favorites is XDR. XDR Radiology | Imaging Through Science.

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Year End Radiography Special

December 11, 2014

If you are still putting off getting digital radiography in your office now is the time. Take advantage of your 179  tax break and install it before the end of the year. If you still have questions about what to buy and are worried about cost, patient acceptance and all the other issues dentists discuss […]

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Innovators

December 10, 2014

What I am reading right now. So far it is fun and interesting.  

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Dental Art

December 10, 2014

  “Party Teeth” Sorry, I have no name or artist and have no idea what it is supposed to be about. Besides a girl in a party dress floating on a denture. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental […]

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