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Embracing Digital Technology: 8 big advantages of adopting digital sensor technology over traditional X-ray film

By September 20, 2023September 26th, 2023Blog
Duerr Dental Vista Scan mini 2.0

The transition from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors continues to revolutionise the way dentists diagnose and treat their patients. 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the many advantages of embracing digital sensor technology for dental professionals.

1. Reduced Radiation Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of digital dentistry is the reduction in radiation exposure. Traditional film X-rays required higher doses of radiation to produce clear images. In contrast, digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners use lower radiation doses, making the process safer for patients. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who need frequent X-rays or those concerned about radiation exposure.

2. Faster Image Acquisition

Digital dentistry eliminates the need for chemical processing and darkroom time associated with traditional X-ray development. Dentists can capture high-quality images almost instantly, saving both time and resources. This increased efficiency allows for quicker diagnosis and treatment planning, ultimately benefiting the patient and freeing up chair time for your business.

Dental radiation image
Vistascan mini patient record

3. Enhanced Image Quality

Digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners provide superior image quality compared to analogue methods. The digital images are highly detailed, making it easier for dentists to detect even the smallest abnormalities or dental issues. This enhanced clarity leads to more accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

4. Improved Storage and Retrieval

Traditional X-rays required physical storage and could deteriorate over time, especially if the storage conditions were not ideal or they became exposed to damp, heat etc. Digital dentistry eliminates this issue by allowing dentists to store and retrieve patient records electronically within their patient software packages. This not only saves physical space, but also ensures that patient data remains complete, up to date and easily accessible for years to come.

5. Efficient Collaboration

Digital images can easily be shared with other dental specialists or healthcare professionals for collaborative treatment planning. This seamless communication between professionals ensures that patients receive the best possible care and treatment options tailored to their needs, especially in cases requiring a multi-disciplined approach and input from a variety of specialties.

6. Patient Education

What better way to empower your patients than by providing them with clear and detailed images of their oral health? Dentists can display images on screens, making it easier to explain diagnoses and treatment options to patients. It is a well known fact that informed patients are less anxious and more likely to actively participate in their dental care and adhere to treatment plans.


7. Environmentally Friendly

The shift to digital dentistry is also much more environmentally friendly. Traditional X-ray development chemicals are hazardous and contribute to pollution. By reducing the need for these chemicals and film processing, a move to using digital or phosphor plate sensors helps reduce the environmental impact of dental practices.

VistaScan Mini 2.0 with sensors


While the initial investment in digital equipment may seem significant, it can lead to long-term cost savings. The elimination of film and processing chemicals, as well as the reduced need for retakes due to image quality issues, can result in cost-efficient dental practices over time.

So, we can see that the advantages of moving from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors in dentistry are clear and numerous. Not only do these technologies enhance patient safety, but they also improve diagnostic accuracy, streamline practice management and contribute to a more sustainable and patient-centered approach to dental care. 

Dentists who embrace digital dentistry are far better equipped to provide top-notch care while ensuring the comfort and well-being of their patients. The future of dentistry is digital and it’s a win-win for both practitioners and those in the dental chair.

At Blueprint Dental, we’ve helped a wide range of dental practices switch from traditional X-ray film imaging to digital solutions.

And the Duerr Dental VistaScan MiniView 2.0 is an ideal first step towards digital imaging fitting seamlessly into your imaging workflow.

It has a compact footprint, is easy to use and cost-effective, as well as offering all the advantages we’ve mentioned above.

And right now we have some great offers to get you started.

Or for more information, please contact Kayleigh Bezzant on 07300 792 166 or by email.

Kayleigh is our digital dentistry specialist for dental surgeries and has a wide experience in digital imaging.

There’s nothing that Kayleigh likes more than educating dental practices on how to introduce digital workflows and finding the right digital solutions, so why not get it touch today?


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