Dr. Suni Plus
Digital X-Ray Sensors
Suni's ultra-thin Dr. Suni Plus digital sensors are designed for optimal resolution, diagnostic and dose efficiency, and patient comfort.
As dental practices make the transition to digital imaging, authors are weighing in on the potential advantages of digital x-ray sensors over film radiography.1,2 These advantages include immediate image production, interactive display with image-enhancement capabilities, and integrated storage with access to images through practice management software systems.1 In fact, Farman and colleagues conclude that 'most clinicians should contemplate integrating, at a minimum, intraoral digital x-ray sensors and a digital panoramic system into their practices.'1
At 4.2 mm thick, Dr. Suni Plus digital x-ray sensors are described by the manufacturer as the thinnest in the world, facilitating placement and enhancing patient comfort. The sensors produce high-quality images with an x-ray dose that is a fraction of that required by dental x-ray film.
The ability to zoom in on images facilitates recognition of critical details,2 and a 2006 survey of dentists and dental radiologists revealed contrast resolution as the most desired characteristic for a new sensor. 3 Dr. Suni Plus high-resolution sensors with over 1.8 million pixels provide the ability to zoom in on areas of interest without sacrificing clarity.
The easily installed 'plug and play' sensors come with a complete software package (Prof. Suni) that runs on any standard Windows- and USB-equipped computer. Designed as a user-friendly, feature-rich application, it easily integrates with all practice management software programs.
Dr. Suni Plus sensors are available in 3 sizes, including those designed to fit children as well as adults with special anatomical considerations.
Sensor Size and Thickness
The 9 dentists who evaluated Dr. Suni Plus rated the sensors in terms of size and thickness. Sensor size was rated as excellent by 2 evaluators and as very good by 7. Six dentists rated sensor thickness as excellent and 3 rated it as very good to good. One evaluator found them 'too thick.'
According to the manufacturer, the sensor's thinness, flexibility, and rounded corners optimize patient comfort, which was rated as excellent by 1 dentist, as very good to good by 5, and as fair by 3.
Ease of Use
Ease of use of Dr. Suni Plus sensors was rated as excellent by 3 evaluators, as very good by 5, and as good by 1. One dentist said it 'sometimes depends on patient cooperation.'
Two evaluators rated ease of positioning the sensors as excellent and 7 rated it very good to good. One dentist reported the need for 'some training' in this regard.
Image Quality and Diagnostic Capacity
Digital technologies have the potential to both improve diagnosis and facilitate treatment.1 According to the manufacturer, the system's superior image quality enables diagnosis of standard intraoral pathologies encountered during screening.
Image quality and diagnostic capability were rated as excellent by 2 evaluators, as very good by 4, as good by 2, and as fair by 1. One evaluator noted that the staff 'likes the old style image quality' and another dentist said, 'I'm not sure if I can get better clarity.'
Four evaluators rated ease of image acquisition as excellent and 5 rated it as very good. When asked to comment on the speed of acquiring images, 1 evaluator described it as 'good' and another noted that 'speed is probably related to the computer hardware rather than the sensor.'
Staff satisfaction with Dr. Suni Plus was rated as excellent by 3 evaluators and as very good by 6. One evaluator called them 'easy to use.' When asked if they would purchase the sensors or recommend them to colleagues, 7 said definitely and 2 said probably to both. Overall satisfaction was rated as excellent by 4 evaluators, as very good by 4, and as good by 1.
1. Farman AG, Levato CM, Gane D, et al. How going digital will affect the dental office. J Okla Dent Assoc. 2008;99:16-21 (Re published from J Am Dent Assoc. 2008; 139[Suppl]:14S-19S).
2. van der Stelt PF. The advantages of digital radiography. J Am Dent Assoc. 2008; 139(Suppl 3):7S-13S.
3. Li G, van der Stelt PF, Verheij JG, et al;. Enduser survey for digital sensor characteristics: a pilot questionnaire study. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2006;35:147-151.