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Air Techniques ScanX

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Air Techniques is the leader in phosphor storage plate technology.

It may be hard to believe, but a significant number of dental practices have still not made the switch to digital radiography despite all the advantages and efficiencies that are gained by “going digital.” The primary barriers to entry for the integration of virtually any piece of major technology into the dental practice are cost and the learning curve.

Today more than ever, emphasis is on efficiency as well as ensuring that the practice keeps up with technology. With ever-increasing pressure to lower practice overhead, compete effectively in the local market, and to attract and retain new tech-savvy patients through a state-of-the-art practice, dentists are seeking faster and easier ways to upgrade their practices.

Making the Transition

When it comes to transitioning from film to digital radiography, dentists have many options. Depending on the requirements of the practice, which include the types of radiographs that need to be supported as well as budgeted, there are 2 primary technologies to choose between—phosphor storage plate (PSP) technology and sensor technology. Both have their advantages and both bring all of the benefits of digital radiography, including electronic image capture for viewing and archiving, the elimination of film and the associated chemicals and processing, increased efficiency to produce images, and decreased overall maintenance. However, PSP technology offers some things that sensor technology does not, including wireless application and a nearly seamless transition from film to digital with virtually no change in actual technique when taking the radiograph.
The market leader in PSP digital technology is Air Techniques (Melville, New York) through its line of ScanX imaging systems. With 3 individual systems that each offer full digital capability, there is a ScanX product that is sure to meet the radiographic needs of every dental practice. Each ScanX product works with existing x-ray equipment to capture an image in seconds, completing a full mouth series in as little as 2 minutes. ScanX systems incorporate In-Line Erase and Intelligent Track Control technologies, and most importantly, can easily convert all film-based systems to digital. The original ScanX Classic was introduced in 2002 and supports the conversion of both panoramic and cephalometric to digital and also accepts intraoral sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. For practices that strictly have the need for intraoral radiographs, the ScanX Intraoral is the preferred solution. If a practice prefers to process images in the operatory, ScanX Duo provides intraoral digital images through a compact system that takes up less than 12 inches of counterspace.

Improving the Process

While PSP technology is set apart from sensor technology by differences in comfort and long-term cost, Air Techniques has further developed technology that improves the way in which digital images are processed and distributed. Each ScanX product comes with In-Line Erase, a feature that erases and prepares phosphor plates for reuse immediately after the plate is read by the system. This means that once a digital image is captured, the plate is ready to capture the next image. No secondary erase function is needed with any of the ScanX imaging systems. Not only are phosphor plates reusable, they are inexpensive and require no wiring. In addition, they are easily accepted by patients, even pediatric patients, because of their ultra-thin design, flexibility, and resulting comfort. The easy placement of phosphor plates supported by the range of plate sizes to suit the clinical needs of the case means that accurate images are captured the first time. For practices with multiple operatories, the Intelligent Track Control feature that is standard on all ScanX products provides the ability to process multiple shots by 2 operators at the same time, when paired with Visix Imaging Software. Once the images are captured, they are directed to the proper patient records in the appropriate operatory for immediate review by the dentist with the patient.
Through the use of multiple technologies, Air Techniques delivers a digital imaging solution that breaks down barriers by virtually eliminating the learning curve and ensuring a fast return on investment through savings in materials such as film, chemicals, and cleaners as well as in processing time. When images are made available quickly and retakes are kept to a minimum because of accuracy of placement and patient acceptance, both dentist and patient can spend their time reviewing results and planning treatment rather than waiting on results.

A Network of Support

ScanX Digital Imaging Systems are supported by a wide network of authorized dealers through which the systems are sold and supported. Authorized Air Techniques dealers provide experienced dental technicians who can make inoffice calls to aid with product support. Air Techniques continues to train and certify these technicians on an annual basis both on-site as well as at their headquarters in Melville, New York. To provide maximum value, these highly qualified dental technicians are trained to provide service to the dental practice for all Air Techniques products, including ScanX digital imaging systems.

Reaping the Benefits

Making the transition from film to digital radiography is made simple, efficient, and cost effective with any of the 3 ScanX products—Classic, Intraoral, or Duo. With technologies like In-Line Erase and Intelligent Track Control that have been incorporated into all 3 systems since the original introduction of the product line, Air Techniques ensures that dental practices reap the benefits of PSP technology with maximum efficiency and functionality with any ScanX product a practice chooses to incorporate. Regardless of the volume and clinical application needs, there is a ScanX system that can quickly and painlessly transition any practice, and any existing x-ray equipment, from film to digital. —Monica Roy-Smith

Manufacturer Information

Since 1962 Air Techniques has manufactured innovative, high-quality products Dentists want, use and trust.

At our New York headquarters, Air Techniques designs and builds two groups of products every Dentist needs. Essential Utilities that power your practice and Imaging Products that facilitate diagnosis, patient education and treatment progress. Air Techniques endorses and supports high quality and customer service as a company-wide way of life. This, combined with a highly skilled workforce of over 350 people, enables us to provide the products and services our customers value.

We invite you to learn more about how Air Techniques products will help you. Visit us at www.airtechniques.com or call your local authorized Air Techniques dealer.

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User Reviews:

Overall rating:

4.65

6 out of 6 reviewers recommend this product.

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The best customer service November 20, 2013

5

Happy customer from Naples FL

We bought the product 5 yrs ago. Not a single problem on the top of that the company support ScanX for lifetime for free, which means ANY upgrades or changes included. Thank you.

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Scan x love it. July 17, 2013

5

C.J. from De Pere,Wisconsin

This system allows you to seamlessly switch from film! Image quality is excellent. Handling and processing make the transition a snap! Once you see how easy it is, you will wonder why you waited so long!

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Scan X July 16, 2013

4

Kathie from Venice Fl

We recently converted to digital radiography & are pleased w/ our Scan X from Air techniques.
Dr. Kathie Allen & Team

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Great system July 13, 2013

4

Jeff P from Gilbert, AZ

Little to no maintenance and very cheap to replace plates. The image quality is really good also. I would recommend this system to others

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Scan-X July 12, 2013

5

Walt from Brighton, MI

For general practice, I believe it is hands down the best way to go. Still use your existing x-ray units, including Panoramic machine. Near ZERO learning curve for staff, a big plus. Won't cost you you 2 to 4 thousand every time a staff member or yourself drops a sensor.
I purchased in early 2007, would never go back. 6 years later we have only had to replace less than 20% of the PA & BW plates, most due to kids biting the plate and bending/creasing it.
Far more comfortable than bulky sensors, patients say more comfortable than the Kodak soft pack x-ray film we use to use.
95% of the BWs we take are vertical, try that with hard sensors.
We all need to have digital imaging, it's only a couple of clicks and a minute or two away to share with your specialists, colleagues and vice versa.

Walt Goodell
Brighton, MI

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Scan-X Digital Dental X-ray System May 11, 2013

5

Niagra83 from Philadelphia, PA

We have been using the Scan-X system for almost two years. We are very satisfied. From day one, my staff started getting excellent results and found it extremely easy to use. The main advantage is that the phosphor plates ate placed in the patient's mount using the same XCP film holders that my staff was already used to familiar with. And the patients have absolutely no discomfort as the phosphor plates are as thin as film X-rays and are not thick or stiff like the sensors that we used in the past. And the Scan-x has worked very well every day.

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