Tools of the trade: Planmeca Proline OPG


by Dr Bryce Lawrence, Central Brunswick Dental Centre, Fortitude Valley, QLD


Prior to owning the Planmeca Proline OPG, I had to refer patients to a specialist radiology clinic to get X-rays taken. Now we can take a digital full mouth X-ray with every new patient.


What’s good about

The Planmeca OPG is straight forward and simple to use. It’s very convenient to be able to produce a really high quality image on our premises in about 15 seconds. You can show the image to the patient immediately and point out their problems and what we can do to fix them. It certainly streamlines your treatment planning.

It uses considerably less radiation than the old style film X-rays. It’s also very convenient not having to store any chemicals at the practice. As there’s no need to develop film, there’s no reason for a darkroom or anything like that.

The digital image can be enhanced and manipulated in a number of different ways. As soon as the X-ray is taken, it’s automatically stored in the patient file. If I need to refer a patient to a specialist, I can email the image without any loss of quality.


What’s not so good

It’s a fairly expensive piece of equipment. I needed to upgrade our computer operating system in order for it to work, but there’s no real negative to it.


Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas.


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