With digital imaging, the dental practice will need computers in the treatment rooms. Depending on the dental practice software being utilized, a digital imaging software might be able to be added to the current system. However, it is important to work with your sales representative to see if the digital system you would like to purchase is compatible with your current dental practice software. There are options to “bridge” one company’s dental practice software with another company’s digital imaging system. However, it’s important for the practice to investigate all options before investing in a digital imaging system. Figures 7-9 show three different types of indirect digital imaging systems. It’s always preferable to transmit digital images electronically. However, not all dental practices and third parties are able to transmit digital images. There will still be a need for hard copies when providing digital images. It’s recommended the dental practice work with their digital imaging manufacturer to find a printing system that is compatible with the digital software to provide the best copies possible with the imaging software and printer.
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