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Digital Radiography - Endodontic Placement

The use of digital images and radiographs has continued to improve treatment options and expand the clinical armamentarium. Radiography sensors have subsequently been developed to translate the radiographic energy into digital images that are viewable on any compatible monitor. The designs of these sensors have been modified to facilitate patient comfort, and these devices are often available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. Operation concerns are addressed by varied wire placement and software and image manipulation options. The diagnostic quality of the radiographic image capture, combined with increased patient comfort, allows practitioners to provide enhanced, affordable, and quality care for continued patient satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:

As a result of watching this video, the viewer should:

  • Understand the advantages of utilizing digital radiography over traditional radiography.
  • Be able to visualize the process of digital radiography as it applies to Endodontic Placement.


Related Reading: 

  1. National Council on Radiation Protec­tion and Measurements. Radiation Protection in Dentistry Report No. 145. Washington, DC: NCRP; 2003. Revised 2004.
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