digital x-ray system
Dentists in Nashville and around the world are constantly presented new products all the time. Some are great, others not so much. Well, I am proud to announce that our office has recently acquired a new technology that will benefit both our patients, as well as my staff and I as clinicians.
As of June 1st, our office has been using digital x-rays exclusively. This is very exciting to me as a dentist as well as to me as a lover of all things digital. Now, some of you may be saying “Dr. McGee this is just another toy for you to play with.” True, this new xray system is fun, but it has many benefits.
First and foremost, digital dental x-rays require a significantly lower amount of x-ray exposure. Like less than half of the radiation
required to expose traditional x-ray film. That’s huge. X-ray exposure in dental offices has always been very low (about on par with what you’d get standing next to a microwave oven), but half the radiation no matter how little it is a a good thing. So this little x-ray tube on the right will not be zapping you nearly as much as in the past!
digital x-ray plates
Another benefit of this new system is patient comfort. I sampled several digital systems before deciding on the one that I did. Many of the systems out there have a big honkin’ thick sensor that is very hard and has no flexibility to it. When it was placed in mouth to take an image, it was uncomfortable to say the least.
However, our system has wafer thin plates that are actually thinner and more flexible than the film that you’ve experienced in the past. So the result is a more comfortable experience having your x-rays taken.
Yet another benefit of this new technology is easy of communication. What I mean by that is that I can show you your teeth of a big screen and show you what my staff and I see on you x-ray. In the past when I tried to show someone something on an x-ray, I had to hold a little postage stamp sized film and point. The response I got from patients was a lot of blank stares. Now since the images are digital, we can blow them up large on a computer or television screen so you can easily see them. Additionally we can alter the images so that they are optimized for viewing. Finally, we can email your images to any specialists that may be participating in your care.
Oh and by the way, these digital x-rays ask the same fee as traditional x-rays, and insurance companies cover them just the same.
Overall, I believe that this new technology will help to serve our patients here in Nashville well. If you have questions about digital x-rays at your next visit please to hesitate to ask about it, because after all, we love showing off our new toys!!