Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dexis Goes Platinum

The smart folks at Dexis raised the bar here at the CDA in San Francisco by announcing their new Dexis Platinum sensor. It features a new design and true USB without a connector box. The image quality looks outstanding and I love the idea of a sensor without the cumbersome and costly connector box. Here is the press release with all the details:

DEXIS introduces the latest in digital imaging — the all-new DEXIS® Platinum intra-oral sensor. With a direct USB connection, new image capture technology, and enhanced ergonomic design, DEXIS builds on its history of innovation and commitment to research and development.

Des Plaines, IL DEXIS, LLC is proud to release its latest evolution in intra-oral X-ray technology — the DEXIS Platinum Sensor. While maintaining both the comfort and single-sensor concept of its trusted DEXIS PerfectSize™ sensor, DEXIS Platinum now combines direct USB connectivity, TrueComfort™ design, and PureImage™ technology for a new experience in digital imaging.

DEXIS offers breakthrough connectivity with a direct USB digital X-ray sensor that is an even more durable and even more portable solution for use in multiple operatories and fieldwork. Dental team members will benefit from the integrated USB functionality that allows direct connection to the computer! No adapters, no controllers, no docking stations — simply “plug-n-ray.”

To maximize both patient comfort and ease-of-use, DEXIS has enhanced its popular and highly awarded ergonomic sensor housing. As part of TrueComfort design, the DEXIS Platinum Sensor’s refined beveled corners and its rounded casing ensure that there are no sharp edges against the patient’s tissues. The new smaller, angled dome on the back of the sensor incorporates the patented WiseAngle™ cable exit that increases comfort and efficiency for precise placement. These features make radiographic procedures easier for patients and staff.
Since well-defined subtleties in X-ray images are vital to diagnosis, DEXIS has developed its PureImage technology — a combination of highly sophisticated software and premium-quality hardware components. With 16,000 shades of gray generated by a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter, clinicians are able to visualize the slightest variations in densities.
The sensor’s high resolution provides more than 20 visible line pairs offering remarkable image clarity and virtually no visual noise. Plus, an exclusive design maximizes active area at the pixel level, bringing out the smallest details. With a 2.2-megapixel size, images remain crisp when enlarged. These advancements allow the DEXIS Platinum Sensor to deliver clinically meaningful images that are extremely clear and highly detailed.

Adding to its clinical value, the DEXIS Platinum Sensor has an enhanced quantum efficiency, which makes it very receptive and efficient when capturing X-ray images across a dynamic range of radiation settings. This delivers the ability to reduce the number of retakes due to under- and over-exposure, as well as ultimately lower radiation dosages. The sensor produces optimal, consistent images whether using with the latest intra-oral X-ray unit or an older model.
“We have built our reputation by providing the best in digital radiography technology for more than a decade. It is our belief that this commitment to the technology and to the dental community is the principal driver behind our success,” states Rick Henriksen, Vice President of Sales. “It is our ongoing pursuit of excellence that has led us to deliver the DEXIS Platinum sensor.”

DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. In 1997, DEXIS introduced digital radiography on laptop computers — making it the first truly portable and affordable digital X-ray system. In 2001, DEXIS became the first intra-oral digital radiography system to be accepted by the American Dental Association into the highly prestigious ADA Seal Program. Today, DEXIS is the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. For more information on the DEXIS Platinum Sensor and to learn about DEXIS imaging solutions, visit


  1. We have 4 (FOUR) dead Dexis sensors over the past 4-5 years, plus 3 PCMCIA "paddles" and 2 USB hubs. Given that each sensor cost around $10K (about the price of a [very cheap] small car) the longevity of these is pathetic.
    The last of these died today.

    We also have 2 Dexcams (paid over $5K each for those), both dead. We were on support for the second one and they still would not fix it after 2 repair attempts. I don't know if lemon laws apply to this kind of stuff and I don't have the energy to chase these guys. Ended up buying cheap intraorals on Fleabay for less than $200 each and don't feel bad throwing them away after 1 year.

    Moral: Stay away from Dexis!

    I hear Kodak wants $25 (no zeros!) per month to extend their warranty for years 4 & 5 (i.e about $600 for two additional years of warranty). I am seriously considering these...

  2. We also have a Dexis sensor with the PCMCIA card for about 3 years. Last week, it nreathed its last and just died. We didn't have any back-ups so we are forced to order one more. Upon ordering we were told that we have to get the warranty every year of $1800 for the premiumcare. So, on top of $10K, we have to keep paying the warranty every year. Its like owning a townhouse with an HOA, it is never-ending, unless you decide not to keep it. Doing the math, I would have a paid for a new sensor in about 5 years time. Plus the thought of it not lasting that long, no matter how much we took good care of it ( because we know we don't have any coverages for the warranty).
    Thinking about it, I don't want to buy Dexis sensor anymore since the warranty costs so much unklike the Kodak we decided to get. Kodak warranty costed us about $1300 for 5 years if we pay it upfront. As a business owner, I am very concerned of our overhead.