Indianapolis Dentistry has recently installed a new 3D x-ray machine that not only takes incredible 3D images, but does it with an ultra-low dose of radiation. Digital X-Rays Just Got Better
Radiation safety in the dental office has always been important to Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD, an Indianapolis holistic dentist. Dr. Reese already had low-radiation x-rays, but now they use even less radiation.
X-Rays for Geriatric patients and Children
In addition to lower radiation, the new x-ray machine also has benefits for people who sometimes gag on 'bitewing' x-rays by using a new kind of bitewing x-ray that happens outside your mouth for more comfort.
Why does Dr. Reese take X-Rays?
Dr. Reese takes x-rays to determine the best treatment plan so that patients don't have to go somewhere else for those all-important scans. But beyond that, Dr. Reese and his team use the scans as an educational tool.
How do I know it's less radiation?
A new case study performed by J.B. Ludlow and J. Koivisto has found that dentists can reduce the amount of patient radiation without losing the diagnostic quality of images. This research is published in the April issue of Journal of the International Association of Dental Research.
The study found that using the Ultra-Low Dose (ULD) protocol resulted in an average of 77% reduction in radiation exposure when compared with standard imaging protocols while no “statistical reduction in image quality between ULD and standard protocols" was found.
“In my opinion, the ULD images acquired by the Planmeca ProMax in this study meet the standards of the ALARA radiation safety principle as well as the Image Gently campaign,” comments Dr. Jack Fisher, professor of dentistry and orthodontics at Vanderbilt University School of Dentistry. “Why would anyone take a 2D image with this amount of exposure when they can get a 3D image with excellent diagnostic quality at an ultra-low dose of radiation?”