Saturday, December 30, 2006
For those who don't know what Nomad is please check a my November 28th blog entry for pictures.
Basically Nomad is a hand held x-ray machine. The first thing that needed to be done was to see if my State had allowed this unit to be used. In NJ it was approved for use in October 2006. So that problem was dealt with. There maybe some restrictions on how it is used. Aribex (the maker of Nomad) can advise you about the monitoring restrictions if any exist for your state. The unit is a DC and is state of the art for dealing with digital radiography (both sensors and phosphor plates) along with conventional film.
The concerns most dentists voice are about size and weight. Well the unit is similar to an 8 pound cordless drill. It is a little a awkward at first but my staff adapted to it very quickly. In fact the Nomad became the x-ray unit of choice in the office. No complaints about the weight or the unit being difficult to handle. All the assistants and hygienists preferred the Nomad to the wall mounted unit.
One thing that came as a surprise was the staff members telling me it improved work flow. No longer did they have to walk out of the room. They were able to acquire radiographs much more efficiently.
So it was a very enjoyable week with a Nomad hand held x-ray unit. I will hear the complaints when I get back to the office that it is not there. So when I get back from vacation I will be purchasing this unit for my office.
If you are considering building a new office consider one or two Nomad's as they will save you money in the long run along with time and licensing fees.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
(“EOS”) [NASDAQ: MELA], today announced that it has signed an exclusive
licensing agreement with KaVo Dental GmbH (“KaVo”), a leading dental
equipment manufacturer, to further develop and commercialize DIFOTI ® , a U.S.
Food and Drug Administration-cleared non-invasive imaging device developed by
EOS for the detection of dental caries.
In accordance with the terms of the agreement, KaVo will pay EOS an
undisclosed upfront sum as well as up to a double digit annual royalty based on
the number of systems sold per calendar year. KaVo has made a multi-million
dollar commitment to refine the DIFOTI product for commercial launch.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Her doctors diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder sometimes called “suicide disease” because of the excruciating and dispiriting pain it causes.
Doctors tried painkillers, then stronger medication, but in the end, a cure proved more simple: The young woman removed the metal stud from her pierced tongue. Two days later her pain vanished.
To read the complete story on MSNBC click here
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
1865 - Dr. Mahlon Loomis of Virginia, a dentist, may have been the first person to communicate through wireless via the atmosphere. Between 1866 and 1873 he transmitted telegraphic messages at a distance of 18 miles between the tops of Cohocton and Beorse Deer Mountains, Virginia. He developed a method of transmitting and receiving messages by using the Earth's atmosphere as a conductor and launching kites enclosed with a copper screens that were linked to the ground with copper wires. Congress then awarded Loomis a $50,000 research grant.
Friday, December 01, 2006
There were a few very early adopters who stopped using their digital radiology systems. The problem was they were using notebook computers in an effort to save money ( no computers networked in the ops). Most mid to low end notebook computers lack the contrast ratio ( minimum of 500:1) to diagnose caries. If you are having problems with digital radiography with your notebook consider buying an LCD monitor and attaching it to the notebook.