Many practices report that they experience very different image quality from their sensors than they had seen at a trade show or on a manufacturer's website before they purchased. The reality is that there are many factors which affect the quality of the image returned from your intraoral sensors. Luckily, you and your staff can optimize image quality by following these three steps, none of which are particularly difficult.
Many Dental offices consider themselves to be “digital” offices. They have incorporated computers at
the front desk and in the treatment rooms and have software that manages their practice
and electronic images – both camera and radiographic. The dentists with such offices have invested
time, money, and often times have endured a good amount of frustration to get there. In addition,
many high- tech offices are under utilizing their systems and only deriving a fraction of the benefit that
could be garnered with the correct “vision of utilization” and “proper training” to achieve it.
One of the most frustrating aspects to digital x-ray technology is having a sensor fail outside of warranty. Most manufacturers will state that the average life of a sensor is three to five years with normal wear and tear. This is true regardless if you use the SuniRay2, UniRay 1.5, QuickRay, EI, XDR, Schick CDR or 33, Dexis Platinum, etc. However, many dental offices have experienced failures before the average life expectancy. The following are tips to help your office get the most life from your sensor.
There are a lot of claims about digital x-ray quality with some companies claiming that they have the best image quality. In this particular study soon to be graduates from the University of St. Louis'
Endodontic Program compared 6 sensors to see how much difference there really is among sensors. A pig jaw was used and a #6 file was inserted in a canal to be x-rayed. Each sensor was exposed using the same position and an exposure level that was deemed ideal for that sensor. The results are in the image below. The first group is "native" or unenhanced while the second group has been sharpened. The sensors evaluated were: Dexis Platinum, Poloroid Sensor, Quickray, SuniRay2, XDR.