Spotlight on Sensors: Best Practices for Selecting an Intraoral Sensor
Finding the right sensor for your practice requires research. After all, a good intraoral sensor can provide many benefits for you, your staff, and your patients. To facilitate this process, I have created a chart that highlights the features you should look for, how they benefit your practice, and the questions you should ask during the buying process.
Questions to Ask
Better image quality means more confident diagnosis· When patients can clearly see their problem areas, they are more likely to accept treatment
What are the line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm)?
Is that the true or theoretical resolution?
Well-designed and durable sensors will last for years, ultimately saving you money that would have been spent on replacements
Has the sensor undergone testing to ensure its reliability?
What is the average lifespan of your sensors?
Rounded corners and reduced thickness increase patient comfort
User-friendly cable entry designs promote faster and more accurate patient positioning
What are the ergonomic features of your sensor?
How would a user position the sensor?
When sensors integrate easily into your existing practice management and imaging software, it can save valuable time and make the transition easier
Is the sensor compatible with my current software programs?· What needs to be done to integrate the sensor with my practice management/imaging software?
The right sensor—with the right price and financing—can have a positive impact on your ROI, paying for itself after so many uses· By buying a high-quality sensor, you can avoid hidden costs and replacement fees down the road
How many uses will it take for the sensor to pay for itself?
Are there any additional fees that I should know about?
A good warranty will protect you if your sensor stops working or malfunctions, saving your practice money that would have been spent on a replacement
What does your basic warranty include?
Are extended warranties available?
What does the extended warranty include?
Support and Service
When you have a good support team backing your technology, it reduces the chance of downtime caused by a malfunctioning or broken
What types of support services are offered?
What are your support team’s hours of operation?
User-friendly training can reduce downtime when transitioning to new sensors
When team members are properly trained, it eliminates positioning and other associated errors
What types of training programs are available?
Are they online?
What are your priorities when selecting a sensor for your practice?