The cost for implementing dental radiology is minimal. New dental X-ray machines are available for around $3000. Newer machines, such as the Corix Pro 70 Veterinary Dental X-Ray, feature solid-state timer systems, which allow use in a digital system. I would recommend avoiding older human dental X-ray units, as there can be issues with inconsistent exposure times and radiation scatter. An additional $500 gets you a chair side developing tank, film, film clips, and chemistry. The chair
side developer (Instaveloper) and chemistry (Insta-neg and Insta-fix) made by Microcopy are my favorite, and are available through Dentalaire. Most practices will be happiest using D-speed X-ray film, which provides high detail and is more forgiving of errors in exposure and processing. To save time, a small X-ray view box should be located next to the chair side developer. You should be able to pay for your entire dental radiology investment of around $4000 in one month. You will realize income from the dental radiographs, as well as from the treatment of otherwise hidden pathology. What other area of veterinary medicine provides this kind of return?
A more recent advancement in dental radiology is the availability of digital systems, which eliminate the need for film and chemistry, improving the workflow. Digital systems typically range from around $6000 to $16,000 in cost, and are rapidly becoming the standard in practice due to their time savings. Images are organized in a database, and must be backed up regularly to prevent loss of patient records. Some digital imaging software allows for the easy importing of high quality pictures, printing of client letters with radiographs and pictures, and displaying images from the pet on a large screen in the exam room. Owners love seeing pictures and radiographs from their pet!
Sound® the global veterinary imaging leader recommends the Dentalaire DTX digital dental system to it’s customers looking to add dental radiography to their practice. The DTX combines a proven sensor with state of the art software and excellent software support. The ease of use and flexibility of the software is rapidly making it a favorite in the veterinary dental community. See the DTX product section in the online catalog for more details. The DTX system gives you the ability to “Wow” your clients, and educate them about their pet’s care. Additionally, the software is easily integrated with virtually all practice management systems, PACS servers and DICOM systems on the market.