If you are looking at making the switch from Film to Digital X-Ray system but don’t know where to start, then try here. Read on for a brief overview of Digital X-Ray options.There are basically 2 ways to digitally capture intra oral X-Ray images, by a sensor system or a phosphor plate system. There are of course a plethora of options within these two categories, but that’s for another blog.
Digital sensor systems capture the images on a sensor, most commonly using CMOS or CCD technology. The sensor is usually connected directly to a PC via a USB cable and controller.Perhaps the biggest advantage of these systems is that the image is instantly available at your computer monitor for viewing. Radiation dosages are in most cases lower with these systems as compared to phosphor plate systems.On the flip side, sensor systems are inflexible and considerably bulkier than phosphor plates and in most cases connected to a cable. They are also costly and fragile when compared to a phosphor plate.
Phosphor Plate Systems use phosphor plates to capture your intra oral X-Ray images. The process and size of the plates are almost identical to that of a film. The plate is then placed in a scanner which reads the image and displays it on your computer monitor.Although a 2 step process to capture the images, scan times can be as fast as 4 seconds for the Digora Optime for instance. There are many other advantages including, reduced radiation exposure (as compared to film), flexibility of the plates, no cables and plates are inexpensive when compared to sensor systems. Another big advantage is you need only one scanner in a central location to service multiple surgeries. This can represent a huge saving for multiple surgery practices.