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.
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 impossible, or stay in the wheelchair and we would try and take radiographs with limited success. The Nomad allows us to take radiographs anywhere not just in an overcrowded treatment room.
It is also a benefit for young and or anxious patients. The hygienist taking the image stays in the room next to the patient and she/he can reassure and calm the patient resulting in faster results with fewer retakes and happier patients.
If you are building or remodeling a dental office do not install old fashioned wall mounted X-Rays.
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. The operator aims the device and holds it steady while the radiograph is taken. The ability to stay in the room while you take the image and better yet hold the tube eliminates most of the problems we encounter when taking an x-ray…
Back in the day of wall mounted telephones, if you wanted to use the phone in the kitchen and in the living room you needed two phones each mounted and wired in place. And you had to pay for each phone including installation. It is the same with wall mounted x-ray units.
With a hand held unit you only need to buy one and there are no installation costs. You can use NOMAD in the hygiene room for re-call, in the overflow room for emergencies, and in the doctor’s room for root canals. One device takes the place of three or four wall mounted units, making it much more cost effective than the old system
Handheld x-ray units eliminate most of the problems we have with drifting arms and squirmy patients. They are also much more economical than wall mounted units. BUT are they safe? The answer for the Nomad is yes. The unit has been extensively tested and proven to be safe. On the other hand not all hand held devices have passed the same tests as the Nomad.
From Dental Products Report:
Q: Talk about how NOMAD is changing the way dentists are taking intraoral X-rays.
A: The reality is, intraoral X-ray really hasn’t changed much in decades. The NOMAD brought about the first true change in the way dental professionals take X-rays. How many homes do you walk into and see a corded phone on the wall anymore? The same holds true in the dental practice.
Why hang a wall-mounted X-ray? Times have changed. NOMAD delivers benefits that wall mounts can’t. With close to 14,000 NOMADs in use worldwide, dental practices are finding the NOMAD is offering them the best workflow design, most flexibility, and best investment possible. No more arm drift or pass-throughs— this is the modern way to take X-rays efficiently.
An interesting Q&A with Mike Heyn regarding Nomad one of my favorite products.
Following is a link to an article I wrote for RDH Magazine on Hand Held X-Rays.
We’ve had X-ray safety protocol drilled into us since day one, and staying in the room and holding the thing is a huge no-no. We need to run from the room, preferably behind several walls and layers of lead, before we dare fire the tube head lest terrible horrors befall us.”
That type of caution was certainly appropriate when Roentgen zapped the first molar in 1895, with what I believe was a 20-second exposure. However, today’s amazing 21st century materials and equipment do in fact make it possible to stay in the room and hold the X-ray device.
In case you missed it: Dentalcompare article from March 2013.
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. There is a body, a pistol grip and a cone or barrel that emits the x-rays. The operator aims the device and holds it steady while the radiograph is taken. The ability to stay in the room while you take the image and better yet hold the tube eliminates most of the problems we encounter when taking an x-ray…
Radiation safety is important, and Aribex takes it very seriously. The NOMAD is made in the USA, has FDA approval and has been studied meticulously to insure it is safe. Links to the actual studies can be found at the NOMAD website.
Which is better, an old wall mounted phone with a cord or a cordless cell phone that you can use anywhere? If you are building or remodeling your dental office the only option you should consider for X-Rays is the Nomad. It will cost less and deliver more.
Dental hygienists take most of the radiographs in a typical dental office and they experience the frustrations of taking x-rays on a daily basis. Fortunately there is an amazing new technology that eliminates many of the hassles and frustrations of taking radiographs in the traditional manner. The Nomad from Aribex is a handheld x-ray machine that allows you to stay in the room while you are exposing the image.
The ability to stay in the room while you take the image and better yet hold the tube eliminates most of the problems we encounter when taking an x-ray. How about that over-extended or out-of-adjustment arm that slowly slides south whenever you place it on the upper left? Or the arm that just doesn’t allow you to place the cone exactly parallel so you have the patient slump down, twist the chair and turn their head just so. No problem when you hold the cone.
Then there is the patient who just can’t keep the film or sensor where you placed it. As soon as you turn away they swallow or shift their bite and your perfectly positioned sensor is no longer perfect. When you are standing next to the patient you can see if the sensor moves and fix it.
Finally there are elderly or special needs patients who have limited mobility or may be confined to a wheelchair. With Nomad you do not need to drag them to the treatment room and maneuver them into the dental chair you can take an x-ray image anywhere. In fact as the ultimate benefit of mobility you can use Nomad in a nursing home or mobile clinic or on a humanitarian mission.
Nomad, the hand held x-ray, and one of my favorite technologies, has just announced a new Nomad Pro2 in black with gray trim. Tre chic.
Nomad one of my favorite products has announced the release of an updated product the Nomad Pro 2. The biggest changes involve a newly designed battery, infrared connectors and a new charging cradle to improve durability and boost battery performance.
This is so new I don’t even have a photo of the new version but will get one to you as soon as possible. Click to continue for the full press release.
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. The operator aims the device and holds it steady while the radiograph is taken. The ability to stay in the room while you take the image and better yet hold the tube eliminates most of the problems we encounter when taking an x-ray.
This is GREAT
“We’re proud that the NOMAD has been so widely accepted in the market that we’ve reached this 10,000-unit milestone,” said Ken Kaufman, President and CFO of Aribex. “
The Nomad Pro handheld x-ray system has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. The MDEA is the medical device industry’s premier design awards competition and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. The winners will be announced on May 23, 2012.
From the MDEA Website:
2012 FINALIST: NOMAD Pro handheld x-ray system, manufactured by Aribex Inc. (Orem, UT). Entry submitted by IQMS (Paso Robles, CA). NOMAD Pro is an advanced, handheld intraoral x-ray for dental professionals that can easily be used in or out of an office setting. Lightweight and rechargeable, NOMAD Pro helps provide underserved patients access to care in remote humanitarian programs. Supply and design credit to Voltage Multipliers Inc. (Visalia, CA), and Ecomass Technologies (Austin, TX).
I have been a big fan of the Nomad for years. Sadly there are still a handful of states that have yet to approve the Nomad for general use. Maybe this recognition along with support from local dentists will help convince reluctant regulators that Nomad is safe and provides a service far beyond old wall mounted units.
Nomad the handheld x-ray unit has launched a new website. The site is fresh,easy to use and…best of all 🙂 has some videos of me.
What could be better than an easy to use hand held x-ray device that both patients and staff love to use? How about the same device with a beam collimator that reduces exposure by 58%?
Nomad is introducing a rectangular collimator at the Chicago Midwinter meeting. The collimator modifies the x-ray beam from a 6cm circle to a 3x4cm rectangle the shape and size of a #2 receptor. This is a 58% reduction in the dose area.
Collimators cut down on dosage and scatter radiation which improves safety for patients as well as operators and can improve diagnostics by focusing the beam.
Friday I received an Issue Alert from the ADA with this headline!
FDA Investigates Handheld dental x-ray Units
The ADA alert article does not name any products. However it is important to make it clear the Nomad is not the subject of this investigation. Nomad is FDA approved and has proven to be safe in numerous clinical studies. The actual FDA press release is here. The full text of the ADA alert is after the jump as well as the Nomad response.
Personally I am a big fan of the concept of hand held x-ray in general and the Nomad in particular. I have been telling people Nomad is safe for years, I even made a little video about it here. On the other hand there are some hand held devices that have not been proven to be safe. These are not approved for use in the US and it is these off brands that the ADA and the FDA are talking about.