In most cases digital x-ray machines require less radiation to capture the same image than a traditional film x-ray unit. Digital portable dental x rays machine also has a drastically reduced exposure time in comparison and do not require as many scans to capture the necessary view. Analog x-ray imaging systems are workhorses that continue to produce quality images. However, just as camera lenses have advanced rapidly in the past decade (think about the quality of your camera phone!) so too have portable dental x rays machine sensors. They continue to become sensitive enough to reduce exposure times, while still capturing an image that can be enhanced and altered to best display exactly the information you need to diagnose your patient.
Whereas for film, though their quality is still perfectly adequate, there’s no way to enhance images. With an upgraded portable dental x rays machine, dentists can free up precious space in their office that is being eaten up by their film processing set up, storage of unused film, chemicals and waste material, and all the exposed films taken of patients that you are responsible for. It doesn’t seem like much, but it all adds up quickly. Imagine what your practice would look like without all of this cluttering up your space. You may find that you have enough room for another operatory! It can take several scans before a doctor can confidently and accurately make a treatment plan based on traditional analog film x-rays. And as we’ve already pointed out above, rescanning with a film x-ray is much more of a hassle than a digital x-ray. Digital images obviously are ideal in comparison to storing physical dental laboratory equipment for its each state has its own requirements on how long you store patients’ dental files, but no matter, it is a long time. You’re also responsible for disposing of these files properly.
There is no just ‘deleting the files’ with traditional film. Integration with your dental practice management system is a cinch. Digital is unavoidable at this point. Even practices with analog x-ray machines, are now realizing that the best way to manage their files is to upload them into their patient management system. But this takes time away from patients versus having patient files upload automatically on their own. Having these digital records makes referring a patient out to a specialist as easy as sending an email with a file attachment. It’s the 21st century. Your patients expect you to ‘be current.’ At this point, it is an expectation by most patients that their dental units for this uses. As their dental health advisor, it makes more sense to use digital as well. A patient that can instantly see a blown-up view of the decay in their mouth on a screen, is much more likely to agree to proposed treatment.