The Technology Behind Platinum Images

The highly awarded DEXIS® digital imaging System is now gaining even more distinction with its new Platinum intraoral sensor. By keeping the concept of the DEXIS single-senor design and adding advancements in connectivity, image capture technology, and ergonomics, this exceptional sensor gives dental teams a new experience in digital imaging.

Simply 'Plug–n–ray'
Platinum’s capture and processing electronics are fully integrated into the sensor itself, enabling a direct connection to the computer without any kind of adaptors or controllers—and adds the first-ever gold plating on a sensor connector for durability. "The company calls it 'plug–n–ray,' but we call it 'easy',” explains Dr. Terry Myers, of Belton, MO. "It’s very portable—the whole sensor and cable fits in the palm of your hand, and with the direct connection, it can easily move from one treatment room to the other."

Diagnose with PureImage™
PureImage allows clinicians, and their patients, to view remarkably clear images with subtle variations in detail. This complex process utilized advanced hardware and software components that deliver more than 20 visible line pairs, as well as 16,000 shades of gray. In clinical terms, Dr. Jeff Dalin of St. Louis explains that the increased size of the display capability is integral to proper diagnosis. When a patient brings in traditional film x-rays, "I take one look at those 1 inch by 2 inch films and ask them if I can retake these using my digital technology. I explain that I can no longer look at something that small when I have an opportunity to view the image on a large computer monitor with great resolution."

Expose less, see more
Platinum sensor's hardware and software work in harmony so that clinicians now have the ability to reduce the number of needed retakes related to under– and over–exposure while ultimately lowering radiation dosages. "We let patients know that their health concerns are a priority during every aspect of their dental visit, and we can prove this even more since we have started using Platinum," says Dr. Cynthia Brattesani of San Francisco. "If we can decrease patients’ radiation exposure without sacrificing image clarity or detail, then we should definitely do that for them.” At 2.2 megapixels, images can be displayed at "ultra–large sizes", without forfeiting image quality. Dr. Brattesani adds, "Even when I enlarge the image to my heart’s content to direct the patient’s attention to a certain area, the images don’t lose quality."

Position confidently, offer comfort
The PerfectSize™ sensor allows for vertical bitewings, horizontal bitewings, and all periapicals with a single sensor, eliminating both the cost and inconvenience of using multiple sensors of differing sizes. By enhancing DEXIS's already highly ergonomic sensor housing, TrueComfort™ design optimizes both ease of use and patient comfort. Refined curves and a smooth, rounded casing ensure that there are no sharp edges to rub against the palate or any soft tissue. "Our DEXIS sensor has rounded edges that make it comfortable," says Sherry Rice, RDH, hygienist at Dr. Dennis Grabowski’s practice in Lake Elmo, MN. "I can very quickly and efficiently position the sensor so I can avoid retakes—something I and my patients both appreciate."

After implementing the Platinum sensor, Dr. Dalin, a long–time DEXIS owner, noted, "The superior results totally surprised me. DEXIS took something great and made it perfect."

Published: 01/05/2010
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