Tools of the trade: IM3 CR7 digital X-ray processing unit

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Euler1Review by Dr Kate Euler, Wilston Vet, Windsor, QLD

Although there are veterinary dental specialists, general practice vets have always performed dental procedures. Whether it’s just a scale and polish or an extraction, a dental X-ray machine and processing unit helps make the job quicker and more efficient.

What’s good about it

Periodontitis and dental pathology can be diagnosed more simply. Rather than just visual cues and probing, I can now take X-rays of the teeth and jaw to see what is actually happening below the gum line.

When extracting teeth, the ability to take dental radiographs post-extraction ensures the full tooth root has been removed. By taking an X-ray before attempting extraction, the shape of the root and any deformities are revealed.

I also use this system to take X-rays of things other than teeth. It’s great for extremities like paws and for smaller animals. We mainly deal with dogs and cats but we also treat wildlife, reptiles, and the occasional mouse, rat and guinea pig.

It’s very quick—the X-rays are processed and appear on a screen almost immediately. That image is then digitally stored on the patient’s file or a hard copy can be produced.

What’s not so good

We’ve been using this unit for the past six months and I haven’t come across any glitches or anything that I find compromising. Learning to use new software takes a little skill so the vets and nurses at our practice took part in a course organised by the manufacturer. It was fantastic. It meant we weren’t just learning how to use the new machine and processor as we went—we all had a good grounding in the use of this machine and software.

Where did you get it

Radiology Supplies www.radiologysupplies.com.au

 

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