Over the past twenty years, the evolution of imaging as a whole has been extensive. Dental imaging especially has shown remarkable improvement from the early days when it relied solely on film. Dental Tribune reported that digital dental imaging, which immediately transfers dental images to computers rather than to prints, is quickly replacing analog imaging all over the globe. It predicts that by 2016 most dentist offices will use digital imaging.
When dental imaging was first created, X-ray technicians had to retake images many times if the X-rays weren’t correctly exposed the first time. Nowadays, instead of using film, dental imaging includes systems that rely on photostimulable phosphor imaging plates. As a result, patients are exposed to much less radiation. According to the Millennium Research Group, dental imaging now costs less, provides immediate images, and allows patients to view their own dental conditions, which increases the likelihood of corrective measures in their dental care.
With these current advancements in technology, dental hygienists can manipulate the image by zooming in or out, rotating the image, or correcting the contrast. They can conduct thorough, in-depth studies of their patients’ condition and provide more accurate treatments. Thanks to the increases in technology, dental imaging will continue to improve dental care.