Access to high quality images and a streamlined digital workflow improve the speed and accuracy of case diagnosis, producing more predictable outcomes for dentists and their patients. As with most things, it is wise to invest in quality digital imaging products from an established company with local technical service backup and easy access to spare parts.

Purchasing compatible components from one supplier ensures no integration issues and simplifies training and maintenance, ensuring there is no buck-passing between different suppliers. Whichever digital imaging equipment you choose, be it a simple X-ray generator, digital sensor, phosphor plate unit or an advanced Panoramic or 3D extraoral unit, Acteon has best in class technology and a unifying software platform to easily integrate it into your practice. Each Acteon digital imaging component works seamlessly together, without the integration headaches of using disparate equipment and software solutions.

Where to start
If you are starting out you will likely require an X-ray unit and either phosphor plate scanner or digital sensor for fast access to X-ray images. If you require more detail including panoramic, CBCT or 3D images you will want an extraoral imaging unit such as the latest Acteon X-Mind Trium. Details of each are provided below:

Image quality
The top of the list for anyone contemplating purchasing digital imaging products is image quality using the latest technology such as CMOS digital sensors and Automatically Controlled Exposure (ACE), which ensures sharp images with up to 50% lower radiation emissions. Look for a small focal spot with X-ray generators and a fine pixel and voxel size for Panoramic and CBCT 3D units respectively

X-ray unit & Sensor
Acteon’s Red Dot award winning X-Mind Unity X-ray generator and inbuilt Sopix2 digital sensor features automatically controlled exposure which reduces radiation by up to 50% according to patient morphology, ensuring excellent images every time and prolonged sensor life. Automatic Controlled Exposure (ACE), has built in filters to reduce artefacts from metals. User preferences such as contrast settings are automatically saved so all images are processed uniformly to reveal the required detail in either hard or soft tissue. The combination of the X-Mind X-ray and Sopix2 digital sensor yields sharp image quality and a ‘real time’ view which is important in endodontic treatment and implant placement.

Phosphor plate unit
A less expensive alternative is the PSPIX phosphor plate unit, which has the added advantage of different size phosphor plates suitable for smaller and younger patients. The PSPIX is the fastest and most compact phosphor plate scanner available, processing images in just 12 seconds and being fully networkable throughout the practice. Its compact size means it can fit easily in any surgery, providing rapid access to images. PSPIX is the only scanner that offers optional removable parts that can be sterilized in an autoclave, offering maximum protection and simplicity in infection control.

Panoramic and 3D units

The ‘Rolls Royce’ of digital diagnostic units is the latest extraoral imaging device, X-Mind Trium from Acteon – available from A-dec dealers around Australia. X-Mind Trium offers the highest possible image quality, four fields of view enabling you to select the scanning area for examination and to minimise radiation exposure to patients. For example 40 x 40 mm single tooth for root canal lesions right up to 110 x 80 full arch for orthodontic assessment or a complete overview of the dentition, the mandibular canal and the sinuses in one shot. X-Mind Trium is able to grow with your practice, by simply adding CBCT, 3D and full cephalometric capability to the base Panoramic unit at a later time without the need to invest in a new imaging machine when it comes time to upgrade.

Imaging software
The all important imaging software will harness the power of all your digital imaging equipment, making images available to view, store and manipulate and in the case of Acteon Imaging Suite (AIS) easily perform biomaterial calculations and full reporting. Acteon Imaging Suite uses an open architecture, which means any images can be easily imported or exported across third party software, including STL format images from implant databases while working natively on both Windows and MAC. Or if you prefer, you can just as easily export high quality images to patient management software or third party programs such as Dolphin or similar for planning orthodontic and other treatments. Let the imaging experts at A-dec and Acteon introduce your practice to the world of advanced digital imaging