Digital radiology

At DENTALNEXT SA, both PANORAMIC X-RAYS AND TELERADIOGRAPHIES are performed with the latest technology, obtaining the measurement of the skull by means of a low-emission radiographic study. Thanks to the digital technology of our teleradiograph, in fact, the patient is subjected to a much lower quantity of radiation than the more traditional and older generation instruments. As the examination is often carried out on young people, this factor is even more important due to their greater vulnerability. The teleradiography is performed inside the studio

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Dental radiology is now shifting from film-based technology to digital technology, which is based on electronic sensors and the reprocessing of data by computer software.

Thanks to increasingly sophisticated equipment with low radiation emissions, dental OPT is today a method essentially without contraindications (except for pregnant women), suitable for all types of patients, including children from five years of age. then.

The OPT can be, depending on the clinical case in question, integrated with additional insights and examinations such as:

  • The radiography of the skull for the study of metric cephalus indices, that is, of the various shapes of the facial profiles and of the bony structures that make up the skull, in order to correct chewing disorders.
  • The CT dental-scan for the study of residual bone thickness in implantological evaluations.
  • Targeted radiograms of individual dental elements for the study of pathologies of the crowns and canals that run inside the tooth and contain dental pulp.

In digital radiography systems – born around the nineties – the image is represented in the form of a matrix of numbers that correspond to the radiographic densities of the area examined. This matrix can then be processed, printed and archived through the use of a computer. Analog images, on the other hand, cannot be used by electronic computers.

There are two different digital image acquisition systems, depending on the detection technology used:

Direct digital: image detection takes place through a sensor that directly supplies digital data to the electronic computer, without the need for intermediate procedures.

Indirect digital: the image detection tool consists of memory phosphor plates that are able to capture the radiation emerging from the patient, creating an image of the structure of interest. Subsequently this luminous image is read by a laser, converted into a numerical matrix and sent to the electronic computer.

Digital technology has brought significant benefits for the patient and for the doctor:

  1. Reduction of radiation exposure, since the sensitivity of the collection sensors allows to obtain high quality images, with a limited exposure of the patient to X-rays.
  2. Simplification of procedures, with the possibility of immediate repetition of a non-perfect exam.
  3. Immediacy of acquisition: opportunity to view the image in real time on a computer, monitoring the accuracy of data and patient positioning and speeding up procedures.
  4. Simple archiving and the possibility of replicating images in multiple copies (also for any remote transmissions). The patient, therefore, will always have the examinations already performed at his disposal, without having to worry about keeping the plates on film, which are easily perishable.
  5. Possibility of processing images, such as improving brightness or contrast or enlarging details, to respond specifically to the various diagnostic questions formulated by the dentist or the attending physician (this is impossible with traditional film techniques).

Furthermore, and last but not least, digital technology allows greater respect for the environment, thanks to the elimination of extremely polluting plates and developing and fixing liquids.