Fred Joyal: Yeah, understandable because it eliminates all - it's also faster, right? He gets the information right away onto his screen, right?
Michael Augins: Well, that's one of the core benefits for both the patient and the dentist. It actually makes the dental appointment quicker because traditionally what would happen is the X-rays would be taken and it would take between five and eight minutes in a darkroom to develop these images and then they take them out and look at them on a little light screen. And you can only see really in black and white contrast. Today's digital sensors can instantly put the image up on the screen and the dentist can expand that image, they can colorize that image, they can use different measuring tools. And so they have at their disposal a number of things with digital that aren't really practical with a film-based image.
Fred Joyal: So, this X-ray is digital so it's a lot handier for the dentist to use in terms of storing information. Now, if he wants to send it off to a specialist, that's also an advantage, right?
Michael Augins: Absolutely. Rather than having to drop the film in the mail or give it to the patient to take and have the patient have to, you know, care for that and get it to the specialist, typically a digital X-ray can be sent over in a simple e-mail very quickly over the Web.
Fred Joyal: So, he could get a consultation from a specialist. If he saw something he didn't like, he could e-mail it to his friend, the oral surgeon and say, "Tell me what you think is going on here," and that information is a lot easier for everybody to use.
Michael Augins: Absolutely. That happens daily in a lot of digital practices where they might see something that they think might be an abnormality and because of the convenience of being able to transport that data, they're able to get a second and third opinion quite rapidly, sometimes even when the patient is still in the office.
Fred Joyal: So, it's better information, it's done more easily, it's done faster. It sounds like a great advantage for a practice and a great advantage for a patient.
Michael Augins: Absolutely. That's why digital is growing so rapidly and why we think that, really, it will be part of nearly every practice in the near future.
Fred Joyal: Great. Well, thank you very much, Michael.