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Tools of the trade with VistaScan it’s just a small digital plate. We’ve been using it for about two years and it’s the best of both worlds between digital and analogue technology. It’s also very easy to use—my staff mastered it in a day.

What’s not so good It’s quite an expensive set-up. The plates are very delicate, so the staff have to be very careful when handling them. That being said, in two years we haven’t had to replace any plates. The only problem we’ve had is a couple of tiny white marks that appear on the developed image. The plates can also be marked when using clip type film holders.



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What’s not so good It has a little bit of a scatter beam. It shines a central point of brightness but there is a slight lightness around that. Some of my elderly patients don’t like the light spilling into their eyes. The more expensive headlamp produced a definite central point and I could change the size of the diameter. I don’t have that level of control with this one.

Where did you get it Jaycar Electronics, Perth. 

Where did you get it Oasis Software. 

48 Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera by Dr Jerry Basson, Teeth@Mittagong, Mittagong, NSW

Cree headlamp by Dr Clive Rogers, The Visiting Dentist, Subiaco, WA As The Visiting Dentist, I spend my time travelling to many different nursing homes. I need a headlamp that’s bright, lightweight and can handle a bit of rough treatment. A colleague directed me to a Cree headlamp he saw in an electronics store.

What’s good about it In the past I used a brand name dental headlamp with a rechargeable battery pack. It’s a beautifully bright light and I always carried a spare battery in case the first one went flat. The downside was that it’s bulky, a bit fragile and costs about $1500. The Cree headlamp is 185 lumens and runs off standard AA batteries. I’ve had it for three months now and it’s still going strong on the same set of batteries. I use normal batteries but you could use rechargeable if you preferred. I’ve been carrying spare batteries for weeks, just waiting for the light to die. It’s so light, small and long-lasting that I don’t take my procedure lamp any longer. The Cree only costs $39.95.

I started using a digital SLR camera about five years ago. It was a basic point-and-shoot camera and most of the photographs were poor quality. A consultant suggested I purchase a Nikon D80 Digital SLR and a set of R1 flashes. All of a sudden it was a whole new world of photography. I could take high-resolution photographs of teeth that were better than any intraoral camera I had ever used.

What’s good about it The camera has 105mm macro lens that I use with some decent mirrors. This allows me to get really detailed close-ups with a fantastic resolution. I use it with almost every patient. Sometimes, when you’re in the mouth, the lighting can be a little obstructed. However, the flash on this camera throws so much light that the photo captures more detail than a dentist could see with the naked eye. The digitised image also allows you to zoom in to pick up the tiniest details.

What’s not so good If you don’t have a basic understanding of photography— macros lenses, depth of field, framing, etc—your results won’t be great. But when you get it right, it’s an invaluable resource.

Where did you get it Online from USA. 

Bite March 2012  
Bite March 2012  

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