Last month we purchased a new x-ray imaging system
that will now allow us to take all kinds of x-rays and not have to put
the x-ray sensor (or film before the days of digital x-rays) in your
mouth. Gone are the days of struggling to take an x-ray on a patient
with a big gag reflex. Gone are the days of having the sharp edges of an
x-ray dig into the roof or floor of the patients mouth. Gone are the
days of worrying about excess radiation exposure.
panoramic x-rays that some of us remember our orthodontist taking when
we were young(er), our new Pro-Max machine is a stand up imager that
rotates around your head to take the picture. The x-ray "film" is
outside of your mouth so these x-rays are very comfortable and very easy
to use on patients of all ages. Keeping the small x-ray tab out of your
mouth means that patients that tend to gag will now have a much more
pleasant experience having x-rays taken. Patients that have a small
mouth or very sensitive tissues will also like not having the x-rays
pushing on those sensitive spots. And one of the best reasons that we
love our Pro-Max is that the radiation levels that our patients are
exposed to are extremely low. By comparison, you get 8 times as much
radiation taking a flight from New York To LA, 16 times as much
radiation smoking 1 and a half packs of cigarettes, 20 times as much
radiation taking one chest x-ray, 60 times as much radiation taking a
mammogram, and 2800 times as much radiation from an abdominal CT scan
than you do from our new machine.
Lastly, the images that we do
get are very high in diagnostic quality. We are now able to view
problems that we might have previously missed. We have always had a
philosophy of early detection and early treatment and this machine
allows us to do just that. I have had several patients ask if they could
update their current x-rays using the Pro-Max to be sure that
everything is ok. Unfortunately, most insurance companies have limits on
how often certain x-rays can be taken and still be covered under the
patients plan. Our offer.... if you would like us to take a Pro-Max
image of your mouth but your insurance won't cover it due to a frequency
limitation, we will take a new x-ray for only $40 (normal fee is $100).
Please let us know if you would like to take us up on our offer. Just
mention our Pro-Max blog deal and we'll take care of you.
Hope everything is going well for all of you faithful dental bloggers our there. See you soon!
Posted by FVDC Office on May 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Fox Valley Dental Care 74 N. Alfred Elgin, IL 60123