Students Learn Intra-oral Imaging with Digital Sensors

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Dental students at Augusta University are getting hands-on experience with a new type of digital X-ray technology. This semester, first, second, and third-year students have been using direct digital sensors to capture patients’ dental images.

Unlike traditional X-rays that require film and processing chemicals, direct digital sensors create an immediate digital image. This eliminates the need for extra steps and reduces waiting time. It’s similar to the difference between taking a picture with your phone and using a traditional film camera.

The new technology allows students to gain experience with a widely used tool in modern dentistry. Direct digital sensors also offer several advantages for patients:

• Digital X-rays require significantly less radiation compared to traditional film X-rays.

• Images are available immediately, allowing dentists to review them with patients on the spot.

• Digital images can be manipulated to improve clarity and highlight details important for diagnosis.

The College of Dentistry has been using digital imaging since 2006, but this recent shift to direct digital sensors is a welcome improvement for students and staff alike. Students are enthusiastic about learning this valuable skill and appreciate the faster and more efficient imaging process.

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Stacey Hudson

Stacey Hudson is communications coordinator for the Dental College of Georgia.

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