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Digital Radiography Guide

October 25, 2016

What is your excuse? Digital Radiography is no longer new; it has been on the market for close to thirty years. If you are not using it you probably have a convincing personal excuse. On the other hand you could compare film x-ray users to a dentist still using a belt driven handpiece in 1995, […]

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Hand Held X-Rays Goes Anywhere.

June 2, 2016

I am a big fan of the Nomad hand held x-ray device from Aribex. Interestingly the inventor, Dr. Clark Turner started out looking for a completely portable x-ray unit for use in missionary work. Nomad can be used in mobile clinics, nursing homes, hospital wards, missionary work, and even forensics. However it is also great […]

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Digital Radiography Training

May 10, 2016

There are three separate areas that will require training for the doctor and staff in order to use digital radiography well. These are: General use of the software. This would include how to open it, how to find a patient, how to find a specific radiograph and how to copy or print the images. How […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Digital Radiography Savings

April 20, 2015

The number one reason dentists don’t have digital radiography is the cost. However if you ask most dentists they have no idea what they are paying now for x-rays. According to the ADA the cost of a single film to the dentist is $1.10. That includes the film cost, about 40 cents as well as […]

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Pro Vecta S-Pan

December 18, 2014

My 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. […]

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Taking X-rays Off the Wall

August 21, 2014

In case you missed it. Here is a Dentalcompare article from March2013 about one of my favorite products – Nomad. The NOMAD, a hand held x-ray unit from Aribex, looks like a big ray gun from an old sci-fi film. There is a body, a pistol grip and a cone or barrel that emits the x-rays. […]

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Why Digital Radiography? More Than You Think

August 6, 2014

Most everyone is aware that a major advantage of digital x-rays is the speed of acquisition. Once the sensor is exposed the image is produced within seconds. This of course saves the time of going to the processor, opening the film packs waiting for the chemical processing then labeling and mounting the films. However there […]

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Proprietary vs. Interoperability

May 17, 2014

Definitions from Webopedia Interoperability:  The ability of software and hardware on different machines from different vendors to share data. Proprietary:  Privately owned and controlled. A proprietary design or technique is one that is owned by a company. It also implies that the company has not divulged specifications that would allow other companies to duplicate the […]

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Printing X-Rays

January 21, 2014

The secret to printing digital x-rays can be found in an old Nike ad. Just don’t do it! There is rarely a good reason to make a physical hard copy. After all, one of the primary benefits is that the image is digital. Remember the benefits of digital; the data can be stored transmitted and […]

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Interactive Imaging TV

September 19, 2013

A nice digital radiography  resource from Dale Miles (including CBCT): Interactive Imaging TV.

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Dale Miles on Cone Beam CT

September 9, 2013
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The best way to print digital X-rays

April 8, 2013

    Don’t do it.       More help choosing and using Digital Radiography

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i-Cat FLX

February 25, 2013

At the Chicago Midwinter: One of the most exciting new products I saw introduced at the Chicago Midwinter was the i-Cat FLX. The most significant thing that makes it exciting is that the new system allows you to take a complete 3D image at a radiation dose that is lower than a typical 2D panoramic. […]

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Clinical Computer Monitors

December 5, 2012

One of the smartest guys I know is Doug Yoon. Doug is a dentist but more importantly he is a digital image scientist and the founder of XDR digital radiology. I asked Doug to give me some advice on the best clinical monitors for digital radiography. Here is what he had to say. Even the […]

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