I was at the dentist this morning, and they had to do x-rays, which kind of suck because they stick these huge wads of film into your mouth and make you bite down.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my dentist has gone digital. Now I get to stick a little USB-based device into my mouth with a cable hanging out, plugged back into a desktop machine. It’s much, much smaller and less painful than the standard film (no pointy edges).
Everything else is the same, except my x-rays appeared on a screen in front of me within about 10 seconds after the hygenist came back into the room. Plus, no film to throw away. They just stick a new plastic baggie thing onto this USB device for the next person.
The hygenist told me that the biggest advantage is that they find out right away if they need to retake something. It took 20 minutes before to get the x-rays back, so if there was a problem and they had to retake something, they had to do it right away to make sure they still got you out the door on schedule.
The fact this interests me is scary. What’s scarier is that as soon as she put this thing in my mouth, I was already writing this post in my head.