Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. The gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.
Digital dental radiography comes in two forms: direct, that connect directly to the computer via USB and provides immediate images, and indirect (photostimulable phosphor plates, or PSP) which uses plates that are radiated and then digitally scanned.
Direct digital sensors represent a significant initial investment, but in addition to the convenience of digital images, provide instant images that can reduce the time the patient spends in the dental chair. They also reduce the need for the constant purchase of film and the necessary development chemicals. Early systems used CCD sensor technology, but changed to CMOS sensors following their introduction in early 1998-9.
Kodak RVG 6100 Digital Radiography System has the highest resolution digital imaging sensor on the market today. The system allows high image resolution with confident diagnoses and ultimately to the quality of patient care. An additional feature of the RVG 6100 System is that it allows a new size 0 sensor for pediatric specialties. The sensor is designed with rounded corners and special bite blocks for patient comfort. All three sensor sizes have new casings with the cable attached to the back of the sensor. New sensor casings for the sensors - size 1 has rounded edges and size 2 has clipped corners - helps provide a more comfortable experience for the patient, remove the "dead zone" factor, and allow for vertical placement.
Due to new technological advances with the optical plate and scintillator, all size sensors have increased "sensitivity," which allows a practitioner to decrease the radiation dose - up to 10% decrease for sizes 1 & 2 and 40% decrease for size 0 (depending on type and age of x-ray generator).
This Dental Imaging Software allows you to easily process, archive and retrieve your patients' images. You can display multiple images on the screen at one time, and images can be easily shared with team members, colleagues and insurance companies.