vistascan_view_01by Dr Minyen Chia, North Lakes Dental Centre, North Lakes, QLD


In the past, I’ve used conventional film, digital sensor plate with cord and digital phosphor plate X-ray units. My choice is phosphor plates used in conjunction with VistaScan.

What’s good about it

The phosphor plate is very thin and looks just like traditional X-ray film. These plates fit into a paper holder or conventional plastic Rinn film holder.

The film is easy to position and very pliable so there is no discomfort for the patient, even if they have a shallow palate. I also like that it is a cordless system so the patient can completely bite down for better bitewing assessment.

Once the exposed plate is fed into the VistaScan unit, it’s scanned and the image will appear on the computer screen. The results only take 10 seconds to process and the quality of image is superior to conventional film.

The software has a range of options that allows you to change contrast or density to get the best result. The image appears as a full-screen display and that’s very helpful when explaining to patients what’s happening with their teeth. I’m very happy with this unit.

What’s not so good

This isn’t crucial but the phosphor plates have a limited life. They last for about 2000 exposures and then need replacing. It’s a pretty long lifespan but it’s an ongoing cost and the plates aren’t cheap.

We use Sidexis software and all the X-rays can be arranged by date but there needs to be some more flexibility in the system. However, there is other software that complements VistaScan, you just need to find the one that suits you.

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