Tuesday, March 7, 2017
For the past 60 days or so, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the newest camera from Futudent, the EduCam.
Ever since I saw my first intraoral camera almost 25 years ago, I dreamed of the day when a true POV (point of view) camera would be developed for dentistry. Over the years I have seen and experimented with a few cameras made for that purpose, but most were bulky and also pretty expensive.
You can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the tiny, lightweight, and affordable EduCam. This is a camera that can sit right on your glasses and provides a tremendously high resolution image of exactly what the operator is looking at. This allows the patients to truly see what the dentist is seeing… and it can be done in real time if you would like.
This camera requires a computer in the operatory with Internet access and an available USB port. It will connect to the computer via USB. Once connected, you open a browser window to the Futudent website. The camera connects to the Futudent website (which is HIPAA compliant) and the website does the recording of video or capturing of still images, all done in the cloud.
Of course, the image window is live showing whatever the camera happens to be pointing at. The company has different options for the device to connect to the operator’s glasses or you can mount it to something like the over the patient monitor or a <gasp> track light.
It allows for recording of procedures for record keeping or teaching. You can also stream procedures to colleagues.
Upwards of 85% or what we perceive about our environment comes to us through our eyes and being able to show our patients as much visually as possible is a tremendous asset.
In testing, the device has been sturdy, reliable, and provides exceptional images. Because of its light weight it is not cumbersome and I often don’t even know I have it on. Setup was easy and patients have been impressed with the live POV images.
The EduCam is highly recommended and can be ordered through many dental dealers. If you are looking for a way to impress and communicate with your patients, give it a look.
Posted by John Flucke at 06:00