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digital dental xrays

Like most dentists, I value practice management techniques. As the executive director of the Foundry Dental Center, it’s critical to have a dental office that can efficiently accommodate a large number of patients. In fact, our center sees up to 60 patients in one day.

Two years ago, we implemented digital radiography into our practice. The Schick intraoral digital sensors have improved more than diagnostics—they help achieve greater operational efficiency through digital image management.

If you haven’t made the transition from film yet, consider the benefits that come along with having digital files at your practice:

  • Digital files are ongoing patient records.

The industry’s move toward digital patient records has numerous advantages. You can easily store and access images with the click of a mouse. You don’t have to maintain a bulky paper file system or risk losing a patient’s information and medical history.

  • Digital files are shareable.

Digital images are easy to share and store electronically. On occasion, our clinic volunteers email patients’ images to their private practices for further examination, and we don’t need to worry about misplacing films or misnaming files. We also no longer spend extra time or money mailing these files to specialists and insurers. Sharing is both simple and effective. 

  • Digital files are easily enhanced.

With digital files, you can review and enhance images using advanced imaging software. This is a significant advantage over film because you can manipulate the sharpness or clarity of an image for a closer look at a problem area.

My advice is to transition your practice into digital now. You’ll be thrilled to see what a paperless system can do for your practice management beyond improving your diagnostics.

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