Imaging Hardware and Software
Below is a list of companies that manufacture and sell imaging hardware and software. It is an independent resource that includes companies our customers have worked with. For a list of bridges to imaging software and specific setup information for each, see Program Bridges.
Companies are listed alphabetically.
Air Techniques www.airtechniques.com
They make the ScanX, shown above, which
is a popular phosphor plate system. They include imaging software called
Visix, which is a rebranded version of Tigerview. As with the other
phosphor plate systems, Gendex Denoptix, Soredex Digora, and Orex,
the advantages are the price and sensor comfort. The price is
especially appealing if you need panos. The disadvantages
are the time involved and the fact that the phosphor plates can become
Ajat - pano hardware
Their XVA3 software
can support almost all sensors on the market. The hardware support
is just outstanding, and the software is powerful. Apteryx is frequently
rebranded under different names, including Lightyear, Cliniview, and
Prof Suni. Apteryx does not manufacture hardware, and Suni sensors
are frequently used with it.
Known for their digital surgical scope. Manufacture a variety
of dental equipment. CDMi and CDMx software.
Imaging software from Sweden.
Purchased Vipersoft and renamed it Dentrix Image. It has become a closed
and proprietary solution available only to Dentrix users. They used
to use Suni sensors, but now use e2v sensors which they refer to as
ImageRay sensors. ImageRay sensors do not work outside of Dentrix
Recently purchased by Dexis. Parent
company of Dentrix is Sullivan-Schein.
Previously known for their line of chemical x-ray developers. Manufactures Eva sensors and ProImage image management.
They manufacture sensors and an imaging program to go along with them,
but their sensors only work with their proprietary program. They sell
one sensor size which is between a #1 and a #2 in size. They recently
purchased Dentrix Image. Parent company of Dexis is Danaher, which
also owns Gendex.
Hardware retrofits existing pano machines
to be fully digital without phosphor plates. We bridge to their
standalone imaging software.
A sensor manufacturer that only sells sensors wholesale. They have
3 sensor sizes which will work on Windows, Mac, or Linux !! The
e2v sensor is used in Gendex,XDR, Progeny, Imagin, Mediadent, and Dentrix
ImageRay products among others. Frequently, rebranded sensors
are modified to be proprietary, so they are not interchangeable.
Florida Probe www.floridaprobe.com
Automated perio probing hardware. They have also recently added a full-featured perio software. We have a bridge that works well.
Sigma sensors with Cliniview software. Cliniview is a rebranded version of Apteryx.
Manufacturer of DenOptix, shown above,
which is the original phosphor plate system. They have been making
constant improvements to the technology since it was first released.
The disadvantage with phosphor plate systems are the time involved
and the fact that the phosphor plates can become scratched. On the
other hand, a phosphor plate system is by far the most affordable way
to go completely digital, especially if you are using panos. They also
manufacture intraoral cameras, x-ray systems, sensors, digital panos,
and a wide variety of other instruments. Parent company of Gendex
is Danaher, which also owns Dexis/Dentrix Image.
An OEM manufacturer of sensors. No direct sales. Used by
Sigma Biomedics and Camsight.
Their Health Imaging division was recently purchased by Onex. Also
owns SoftDent and Practice Works practice management programs which
have changed ownership repeatedly over the last decade. The
bridge from Open Dental to Trophy (Kodak) is the simplest of all the
bridges. All it does is specify to Trophy the name of the folder containing
the images of the current patient. The Trophy sensors require the proprietary
Trophy imaging program to work.
Went out of business. They had heavily marketed a version of Apteryx
software matched with Suni sensors for use on a Tablet PC.
They started out in medical imaging, and then moved into dental imaging using the e2v sensor. They also released a practice management software to complement their imaging software. They use an open SQL database.
A Canadian company that recently bought out Kodak medical division,
including Softdent and PracticeWorks.
A Kodak subsidiary that makes a phosphor plate system.
A French company that makes a sensor between a #1 and #2 in size called
a Upix. It has a very short cord (about 4") with a memory chip
on the end so that you can take one "wireless" radiograph
without hooking up the extension cord. It comes with Upix QuickVision
imaging software. Highest resolution of any sensor made. More
comfortable than most.
Panoramic Corporation www.pancorp.com/index.html
Panoramic X-ray systems for dental professionals. Available with state-of-the-art digital technology.
Imaging software. Very little information available on their website. Was formerly known as ImageFx.
Based in Helsinki. Software is Dimaxis. They manufacture hardware for both panoramic and intraoral radiography.
A fairly new company founded by the original owner of Gendex. They manufacture an x-ray head, camera, and software. They use the e2v sensor.
Owned by Patterson, the same company that owns Eaglesoft. We can no longer recommend Schick as an acceptable software solution. Their choice of bridging technology is unnecessarily complex and has resulted in a poor user experience. If you have Schick sensors, they can be used with other imaging software choices that will bridge better.
SciCan is better known for autoclaves such as the Statim. They also
make intraoral cameras and ImageFX software
(now PatientGallery?), but no x-ray equipment.
Rebrands Suni sensors as Bio-Ray, and uses Apteryx for imaging.
A German company that develops software and equipment. Especially well known for their Cerec CAD-CAM equipment. Their imaging software and sensors are called SIDEXIS. Their software does not directly support other sensors.
Their phosphor plate system is called Digora Optime,
and in the United States, it's only used for intraoral films, not panos.
To store the images, they frequently use Cliniview, which is a rebranded
version of Apteryx. They also have Digora software that we bridge to.
Used to sell sensors wholesale, but now sell retail. Their imaging
software, Professor Suni (Dr. Suni), is Apteryx software with a different name.
The Suni sensors are also currently being sold as Sigma BioRay
brand. They were also used in the older version of Dentrix
ImageRay and Lightyear.
They have extra features that you wouldn't normally find in imaging software. For instance, email, letters, insurance submissions, etc. Open Dental passes more information through TigerView's bridge than through any other imaging bridge. They do not manufacture hardware. Their support is good.
RSV sensors are imported and distributed exclusively by VideoDental, who also distribute hardware and software from a variety of other manufacturers.
This software was written by Dr. Douglas Yoon, an expert in dental
radiography. Dr. Yoon was the programmer who created the now famous
automatic caries detection algorithm. XDR tends to use single-click
enhancements and does not include features like colorization which
are clinically useless. XDR uses the
e2v sensor. Their support is better than any other imaging software.
Open Dental works with all known sensors through direct bridging to all known dental imaging software (when the software company is willing and able to provide bridging instructions to our engineers). We do not recommend any specific brand of sensor or software. If you would like to share a particularly good or bad customer experiences, let us know and we may include it in our documentation.
In general the three major concerns when making a purchasing decision are:
- Total cost of imaging hardware, software, and support/training combined
- Clinical usefulness of the system (image quality and usage experience)
- Warranty (can you return it if you do not like it or it breaks?)
We do not directly support any intraoral cameras because we would have to support live video. If software came with your intraoral camera, you should use that. You could also purchase a third party imaging software such as one of those listed above that we have a bridge to.
To take still pictures with your intraoral camera, you might explore using a twain driver. Our software can accept still images coming in from twain devices, and some of our customers have been able to make use of this to capture still images. Images can only be saved one at a time.