Tools of the trade: DIAGNOcam


diagnocamby Dr Alannah Freer, Dent8 Dental, Taringa, QLD

DIAGNOcam uses near-infrared digital-imaging transillumination (NIDIT) to produce an image of the crown portion of teeth allowing for early detection of caries, cracks and leakage around margins of fillings. The images can be captured and compared from examination to examination. I use it during every initial examination and often during subsequent appointments.

What’s good about it

DIAGNOcam is a very good diagnostic tool and a great way to educate patients. There’s no ionising radiation and because of this, it’s well received by patients. It provides a different perspective of the coronal tooth structure, highlighting cracks in tooth structure and leaking margins of restorations. It is also great for looking at fissures of unrestored teeth to see whether they need restoring, fissure sealing or nothing at all.

It allows you to pick up early demineralisation and to see whether it’s gone through the enamel into the dentine. If I’m dealing with a teenager who has a large number of proximal lesions due to sugary drinks or poor oral hygiene, I can point these out 12 months before they would appear on an X-ray. I can then inform the patient that if they keep doing what they’re doing, they are heading for multiple fillings. It’s very effective as a preventive tool.

I decided to purchase my DIAGNOcam because of my daughter. She was complaining of a sensitive upper six and I took bite wings with a brand new, state-of-the-art digital X-ray system. Nothing was evident. I then used DIAGNOcam and could clearly see the demineralisation in the enamel and dentine. I’m certain that eventually DIAGNOcam will be standard in most practices.

What’s not so good

The software that goes with it is a bit clunky. Every now and then, I will be trying to save some captured images and the system will freeze. I then have to close down and log back in. Our practice has brand new computer software and cabling, so I presume it’s the DIAGNOcam software that’s the problem.

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas .

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  1. Hi Members,
    I am asking for opinions on really good quality intra-oral cameras with USB connection.
    Excellent resolution to show up fine cracks in teeth.
    Good colour reproduction for soft tissues.
    The CCD at the camera head not further down the shaft of the camera.
    Good depth of field.
    Quality illumination preferably LED.
    Does not tend to easily fog up.
    Easy capture options.
    Very reliable and able to be serviced easily.
    Able to be focused from extremely close up right out to infinite distance.
    Good width of field for the focal distance selected.
    With the plethora of IOCs available, who is really happy with the units they are using?
    Really keen to know what brands and models achieve these outcomes?


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