Townie® Poll

Digital Imaging

Poll conducted from 6/22/2009 To 7/23/2009

Do you use or are you considering integrating 3-D imaging into your practice?
23 total votes
65%
a. Yes
35%
b. No
Do you use digital records (X-rays/photos) routinely?
16 total votes
88%
a. Yes
13%
b. No, but we are considering it
0%
c. I prefer to stay with film
Why would you not convert to digital records?
6 total votes
0%
a. I am comfortable with what I have been doing
33%
b. The equipment is too expensive
33%
c. I am waiting on cost to come down
0%
d. I'm not good with computers
33%
e. Other
What is the major benefit of digital records?
15 total votes
80%
a. Easy acquisition and storage
7%
b. Electronic transfer to other offices or labs
7%
c. Impresses the patients at exam appointments
0%
d. Quick recall from patient records
7%
e. Other
What is the major advantage of 2-D X-rays?
14 total votes
29%
a. They are routine for standard of care
36%
b. Easy to evaluate and explain to patients/parents
7%
c. Utilize for mid-treatment evaluation
21%
d. Easy to evaluate treatment results with superimpositions
7%
e. Other
What is the major limitation with 2-D X-rays?
15 total votes
0%
a. Right and left images are superimposed
27%
b. Distortion is hard to evaluate
47%
c. Some structures might be hidden or not easily identifiable
27%
d. There are not many limitations
What is the major advantage with 3-D imaging?
15 total votes
40%
a. Provides more information than 2-D
47%
b. Improves diagnosis and treatment planning
7%
c. Impresses patients
0%
d. Impresses referring doctors
7%
e. I don't perceive any advantages
What is the major disadvantage with 3-D?
15 total votes
73%
a. Equipment is too expensive
20%
b. Too much liability connected with 3-D
7%
c. Too much training needed to read and evaluate
0%
d. Have to be sent out for OMFR report
What options do you see for integrating 3-D into your practice?
14 total votes
36%
a. Continue to evaluate at future meetings
7%
b. Talk to colleagues who are using 3-D
29%
c. Take courses on 3-D before buying or using
21%
d. Start referring certain cases to Imaging Centers
7%
e. Join with other doctors to purchase equipment
If you are using 3-D now, what training are you doing?
8 total votes
0%
a. The company I purchased from does training
25%
b. I am attending seminars
25%
c. I am looking for a resource for more training
25%
d. I would like to get certified and not just trained
25%
e. I only use outside expert reports for information
How do you feel about the liability issues connected with 3-D?
15 total votes
27%
a. I don't know much about this
33%
b. I don't know of a resource to evaluate this
13%
c. It is no more than what we have with 2-D
27%
d. This is why I don't use 3-D

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