Tools of the trade: Diagora Optime imaging system


tools of the tradeby Dr Randa Beshai, Norwest Dental Care, Bella Vista, NSW

I’ve had this since I started my surgery in 2006. I use it constantly and have had no problems with it in all that time.

What’s good about it

The digital sensors are quite small and fit very comfortably in the patient’s mouth. It’s a reusable sensor but they look and feel the same as an X-ray film. Other systems often have a bulky sensor with a cord attached, so the comfort of the Digora sensor is a big advantage.

The X-ray is taken from the sensor and placed in the Digora processor, and appears on the computer screen in a couple of seconds. It’s very much like a traditional X-ray but faster, more convenient and with less radiation for the patient.

The image can be adjusted in a number of different ways, enlarged, or focused on a particular spot.

It comes with a program that allows you to take measurements. If I’m doing root canal treatment, I can get an accurate measurement of the root of the tooth, so there’s no guesswork involved. It can also measure bone height when doing an implant.

What’s not so good

The Digora is pretty fast at processing but I would like it to be even faster. I have seen newer models where you click a button and the image appears straight away.

The sensor can’t be sterilised, but it’s an easy job to place it in a sleeve before it goes in the patient’s mouth.

Where did you get it?

My model is old. Newer models are available from Australian Imaging (

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