The public health clinic I worked at did not want to invest in intraoral cameras while I was there. I could not get them to see the game-changing treatment planning potential in showing the patients their own mouth. So, I decided to buy a reasonably priced camera myself (on Amazon mind you) to use in my operatories and maybe show my superiors it would be worth the investment for a fancier model. Holy cow… talk about a nightmare! I imagined I would plug it in, the computer would download the drivers, I would open the intraoral camera button in Dentrix and I would be good to go…. nope. Nothing integrated, it had it’s own software but trying to get the images into the patient’s chart was a ton of steps my assistant did not want to bother with, and the images were definitely affected by the plastic sheath. We never got it going and it became a decoration on the shelf rather than the powerful treatment planning tool I had envisioned… enter Lensiora.
We recently received the Lensiora Camera (Lensiora), here at the Dental Advisor. According to the manufacturers this camera is capable of displaying video and capturing images at the highest resolution currently available on the market: 1600 by 1200 pixels with outstanding image quality. This camera is very affordable at up to 4x’s less than cameras with similar image quality! Additionally, they claim that their proprietary software does a few things that no other camera on the market can do. In Eaglesoft, Schick DICOM, Dentrix and many other dental imaging applications it configures the dental imaging application to see the camera and select it (compared to up to 20 step installation procedures for other cameras). Clicking one single button on the camera, while in the patient chart, it will launch the dental imaging module and display the video stream. Subsequent clicks will take snapshots and save them in the patient chart with no need to use the mouse, which saves valuable chair time.
What were the Initial Insights of the Dental Advisor team and our editorial board?
– Incredibly simple set up.
– Great clarity of images.
– One of our editorial board dentists, that is computer savvy, integrated this into his daily work flow and loves it… what will a more diverse group of practitioners think?
– Images look great even through the sleeve.
– Easy integration into the one program we looked at.
– Super bright light illuminates area well; however, in our initial look it showed light reflection in the images too.
What do our Clinical Evaluators and their patients think about this product once it’s used in their offices? Look for a possible clinical evaluation in an upcoming issue!
Dental Advisor would like to give a special Thank You to Dr. Anthony Valentine, Ann Arbor, MI for photos and Initial Insights sent to the manufacturer on this camera.