Thursday, July 7, 2016

Digital Radiographs

We at Boulevard Family Dentistry have been using panoramic x-rays for 24 years to help us diagnose an extended range of potential oral conditions.  These were originally done with analog x-ray film which we ran through an x-ray processor.  That was a great process but had certainly many limitations.  We converted our panoramic x-ray in 2002 retrofitting it for digital x-rays that substantially lowered our patients x-ray exposure levels and improving the image quality.  To take that to the next level, we opted to replace our Gendex panoramic x-ray with a brand new state-of-the-art Orthopantomograph OP30 digital panoramic x-ray unit.  It provides us with many upgrades which benefits us as diagnosticians and the patient with increased diagnostic capabilities.  For the patients that means radiation exposure that is half of what it was with the analog machine.  A total of 10 seconds exposure compared to 20 seconds, that is more that 4 times better than the old analog pano.  Our patients with severe gag reflex or large tori or fearful young patients, the new panoramic x-ray offers external bite-wing radiographs for diagnosing cavities with no x-ray film in the mouth.  We can do temporomandibular joint targeted exposures for better TMJ dysfunction diagnostic capabilities and we have state-of-the-art image quality.  This leads us to a win/win situation for the patients, staff and for our diagnostic capabilities.  We will continue to strive to update our office with the latest state-of-the-art techniques and equipment as always trying to give the best possible care to our large family of patients.

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