The Scan X Digital Imaging System


by Dr John Jacob, Robert Street Dental Practice, Atherton, Qld

This digital X-ray image processing system is used the same way as a traditional X-ray machine but the results are better and faster, taking only 20 seconds to scan.

The Scan X has been the final stage in the complete digitisation of my practice. Now, all documents, X-rays, referrals, photos, accounts, charts and records are correlated and available at the click of a mouse.

What’s Good About It

It’s fast and does away with the need for chemicals. The Scan X uses phosphor plates, which are light sensitive. The beauty of this system is that once you have taken an X-ray, you put the plate in the eraser and use it again and again.

The sensors that are used on other digital systems can cost up to $10,000 each. I’ve had 13 new graduates in my practice over the past 15 years and if they bend or snap one of these sensors, it becomes very expensive training. On the other hand, the phosphor plates are about $40 each. I buy six at a time and they last for ages.

Once the image is digitised, the software allows you to enlarge, magnify and rotate. You can manipulate each image as you need.

A digitised office lets me log into the practice from home and access all my patients’ information. As I work in far north Queensland where 10-hour days are the norm and help is hard to come by, I’ve managed to  have some semblance of a home life after implementing this system.

What’s Not So Good

The resolution of the images could be improved. At present, they are 20 lines per millimetre but, in future, I am hoping the technology will become available to make the resolution higher still.


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