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Radiography

Hold Still

March 29, 2016

Have you ever done this? You carefully place a film, the patient bites winces and wiggles, you position the cone, then re-position when it starts to drift, run from the room, push the button, wait for the beep, run back, the patient hands you the film, the cone seems to have drifted again but you […]

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Dental Practice Technology Assessment

March 23, 2016

How high tech and up to date are You? I have developed an easy to follow assessment tool for dentists or dental team members to use to determine how tech savvy you are. This is a great way to find out how you compare to your peers and to discover areas  of improvement. Using technology […]

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Dexis for Dentrix Ascend

March 3, 2016

New at the Chicago Midwinter: Dentrix Ascend the cloud computing practice management system from Henry Schein now has a much needed new feature. Cloud based radiography. Cloud based digital radiography has been a challenge. The speed of data transfer has limited the effectiveness of cloud based systems such that most dentists used a locally installed […]

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Digital Radiography Myths

February 11, 2016

Most US dentists have installed a digital x-ray system yet there are way too many myths that still persist Myth: It will cost $40,000 for a digital x-ray system. Fact: It is quite possible to get a digital x-ray system for $12,000 or less. A good name brand sensor will cost about $8,000 and good […]

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Nomad Value

December 8, 2015

There are some great tax reasons to purchase dental equipment NOW before the end of the year. One of my favorites is the Nomad. Watch the video below to see how it works and can save you a bunch of money.

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Benco Dental and Dental Wings

December 7, 2015

Benco Dental will distribute Dental Wings coDiagnostiX implant-planning software, the DWOS suite of prosthetic design software, and Dental Wings desktop impression and model scanners. Source: Benco Dental will distribute Dental Wings digital dentistry products Welcome to the US.

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Think Different, Think Digital

December 3, 2015

Digital is almost always better.  Digital stuff, whether that is a radiograph, a photo, a text message or even an impression can be sent anywhere in the world using a computer network. That includes your office network, which means we can view a radiograph at various places in the office—anywhere there is a computer. You […]

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Harriet the Harried Dental Assistant

October 29, 2015

In case you missed it here is a link to a classic article from last year in Dentalcompare. It is intended to be fun and funny however you may recognize some things that actually happen in your office. If you are still waiting to convert to digital radiographs read this. Back with the patient Harriet […]

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Hand-held X-Ray device making dental scans easier

October 22, 2015

My friends at Nomad are in the news: A technician in a Salt Lake dental clinic takes X-rays using a new-generation hand-held device. She doesn’t leave the room but simply stays with the patient and pushes the button. Source: Hand-held X-Ray device making dental scans easier | KSL.com Check out the video at the link. […]

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Nomad Benefits

October 6, 2015

One of my favorite products is the Nomad handheld x-ray machine. The Nomad is obviously economical and flexible but it is not so obviously a great benefit to certain patients. For example, wheelchair patients. In the past wheelchair bound patients would either have to transfer to the dental chair, which was often very difficult or […]

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Ohio Meeting September 17-18

September 8, 2015

Source: Annual Session | Ohio Dental Association | (ODA.org) I am excited to be presenting four sessions at he upcoming Ohio State Meeting. Topics include: Google, Radiography, e-services and Data Security (HIPAA)  

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DICOM

August 20, 2015

DICOM stands for Digital Image Communication in Medicine. It is an international standard for digital radiography that covers everything from hospital CAT Scans to dental periapicals. It is the DICOM standard that assures the reliable transfer of images from one system to another. The DICOM standard also calls for the transfer of essential data along […]

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Printing a Digital X-Ray

August 12, 2015

The secret to printing digital x-rays can be found in an old Nike ad. Just Don’t Do It When you hand a printed radiograph to an experienced (old) dentist the first thing he/she does is hold it up to the light to look through the solid paper. That makes as much sense as printing it […]

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Direct Integration Technology

August 11, 2015

Clio DI Digital X-ray Sensors feature patent-pending technology that provides seamless integration of Clio Digital X-ray sensors into popular imaging software unlike ever before. Until now, integration of 3rd party sensors into popular imaging software was impossible or required complicated bridging. Source: DI Technology – SOTA Imaging I have been ranting about closed systems in dentistry […]

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Still waiting for digital x-rays

July 30, 2015
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Digital Charting Tip

June 26, 2015

If you get a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You […]

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Cloud Based Dental Imaging Software from Curve Dental

June 9, 2015

Curve Dental is a complete online practice management system. In order to be a complete system Curve offers image management, that is the storage and manipulation of digital images such as radiographs and photos. Curve is a software company; they do not make or sell radiography sensors or cameras. That means their software needs to […]

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Image Gently

June 3, 2015

Image Gently is a movement in healthcare to limit radiation exposure in children. The Image Gently in Dentistry Campaign is designed to improve safety and effectiveness of pediatric imaging of the maxillofacial complex by informing dental professionals and parents about radiation safety best practices. via imagegently > What can I do as a… > Parent […]

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Hand Held Exposure

May 28, 2015

Dental personnel are understandably worried about radiation exposure when using a hand held X-Ray generator like the Nomad. However as the chart above shows the exposure levels are quite low when it is used properly. Note the protection from the special scatter shield shown below. NOTE: Not all the hand held devices available have the […]

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Fuzzy no More

May 18, 2015

One of the best things about a digital x-rays is that they are…wait for it…they are…digital! That means we can use diagnostic software to examine and possibly enhance the image and improve our diagnostic efficiency. Most dentists believe that digital radiography is all about the sensor, but when it comes to diagnosis it is all […]

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