Bringing dental x-ray technology into the fast lane

Intraoral x-rays. Credit: Shutterstock.

Dental patients and practitioners could soon benefit from a faster and more user-friendly dental x-ray solution, thanks to Adelaide-based radiographer Don Chorley.

Mr Chorley, a technologist specialising in imaging of the craniofacial region, will be working with the Medical Device Partnering Program at Flinders University to address some of the limitations he has found with current dental imaging techniques.

Under the South Australian Government's Medical Technologies Program (MTP), Mr Chorley has been granted up to 250 hours of research and development assistance to advance his product idea.

"Present day techniques in dental radiography are, based on protocols and equipment developed prior to the Second World War, resulting in low quality images that take significant time to create, and potentially deliver higher radiation dose than is necessary" Mr Chorley said.

"It is really all about creating a better solution for patients and practitioners alike."

Mr Chorley will work with the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), to develop a new dental x-ray device integrating separate imaging components into one small device to improve the patient outcome while also providing a more targeted and faster x-ray process for specialised and general dentistry.

As well as dental imaging skills, Mr Chorley has 35 years' experience working in general radiography, CT, MRI scanning and teaching.

Professor Karen Reynolds, Director of the MDPP, said the project demonstrates the cross-disciplinary nature of development.

"This project aims to deliver a faster, more accurate imaging solution with reduced radiation dose," Professor Reynolds said.

"The MDPP is able to assist Mr Chorley by bringing electronic and mechanical engineering expertise, together with industrial design capability, to create an end-user driven solution."

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Trials for new ultrasound device

Mar 06, 2012

An Adelaide ultrasound device is set to reduce invasive treatments for women after childbirth, thanks to a collaboration arranged by the Flinders University-based Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).

Maths plus medicine equals new imaging innovation

May 08, 2014

A medical student from The University of Queensland has applied his background in mathematics to the field of nuclear medicine to improve liver imaging methods, which may improve diagnosis time and possibly ...

Recommended for you

Study shows benefits of fluoride to children

18 hours ago

A study showing that tooth decay in Logan-Beaudesert children has dropped 19 per cent since the introduction of fluoridation has been backed by the Australian Dental Association of Queensland (ADAQ).

Supreme Court drills dentists in teeth-bleaching dispute

Feb 25, 2015

(AP)—The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering ...

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

katesisco
not rated yet May 23, 2014
Is this product a digital xray already in use?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.