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Dental - Using Dexis for Dental X-rays Process Template

Use this template to set up your process for using Dexis for x-rays.

About Dexis

What is Dexis?

Dexis is a popular imaging suite used in dental practices for acquiring, storing, and analyzing dental X-rays. It's important for all new hires at our practice to familiarize themselves with this system to ensure efficient and effective patient care.

Here's a detailed step-by-step guide on how to use Dexis.

Why We Use Dexis

Dexis is used in at our dental practice for several compelling reasons:

  1. Image Quality: Dexis is known for its exceptional image quality, which allows for better diagnoses and treatment planning. The high-resolution images allow dental professionals to see minute details that may be missed with lower-quality imaging systems.
  2. Speed: With Dexis, X-ray images are available for review immediately after capture, which significantly reduces the time patients need to spend in the chair. It eliminates the wait time associated with film-based X-rays, enhancing patient experience and office efficiency.
  3. Integration: Dexis integrates seamlessly with most dental practice management software systems, making it easier to link radiographs with patient records, billing, and scheduling systems. This integration contributes to a smoother workflow within the dental practice.
  4. Safety: Dexis digital radiography reduces patient exposure to radiation compared to traditional film-based radiographs. While dental X-rays generally require very low levels of radiation, any reduction is beneficial to patient safety.
  5. Environmental Friendliness: Unlike film radiographs, digital radiography doesn't require chemical processing, making it a more environmentally friendly option.
  6. Durability: The Dexis sensors are designed to be durable and resilient, which is important for the busy, everyday use seen in most dental practices.
  7. Patient Education: The images from Dexis can be easily enlarged and enhanced on a computer screen. This feature can be used to help educate patients about their oral health, making it easier for them to understand the need for recommended treatments.

Using Dexis in our practice aids in the delivery of high-quality, efficient, and patient-centered care.


To start using Dexis, you need to install and set up the system on your computer.

  1. Install the Dexis software onto your computer. Your administrator will provide you with an installation disk or direct download.
  2. Input your unique user ID and password provided by your administrator.
  3. Set up patient information settings according to the practice's protocol.

What You'll Need

To use Dexis, you will typically need the following:

  1. Dexis Software: Install the Dexis software on your computer or workstation. You can obtain the software from the official Dexis website or through authorized vendors.
  2. Dexis Sensors: Dexis imaging requires the use of Dexis digital sensors or Dexis-compatible intraoral cameras. These sensors capture high-quality digital radiographs, enabling efficient and accurate diagnosis.
  3. Sensor Calibration: Ensure that the Dexis sensors are properly calibrated before use. Calibration ensures optimal image quality and accuracy during the imaging process. Dexis provides guidelines and instructions for sensor calibration.
  4. Computer or Workstation: Use a computer or workstation that meets the minimum system requirements specified by Dexis. This ensures smooth operation and proper integration of the Dexis software and sensors.
  5. Connection Cables: Depending on the specific Dexis system and sensors being used, you may need connection cables to link the sensors to the computer or workstation. These cables facilitate data transfer and communication between the sensors and the Dexis software.
  6. Training and Familiarization: It is important to receive proper training on how to use the Dexis software and sensors effectively. Dexis offers training programs and resources to help users become proficient in capturing and analyzing digital radiographs.

By ensuring that you have the Dexis software, compatible sensors, proper calibration, and the necessary hardware and connections, you can fully utilize the Dexis imaging system for capturing and managing digital radiographs in your dental practice. Remember to follow manufacturer instructions, maintain equipment hygiene, and comply with applicable regulations for the safe and effective use of Dexis sensors and imaging software.

Sensors & Callibration

About Sensors & Calibration

Dexis digital X-ray sensors are what capture high-resolution dental images, facilitating precise diagnoses and effective treatment planning. Calibration ensures that these sensors deliver consistently accurate and high-quality images.

Dexis sensors play a vital role in the digitization of dental radiography.

  • They are used to capture images directly within the patient's mouth.
  • They transform X-ray energy into digital signals that produce the image.
  • They come in different sizes to cater to different patients and imaging needs.

Let's go over how to use Dexis sensors.

Before Starting: Calibrate Your Sensors

It's essential to calibrate the sensors periodically, at least every six months, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Calibration is a process of configuring the sensor to provide a result within an acceptable range.

  • Calibration is crucial to ensure that Dexis sensors are operating accurately and consistently.
  • Regular calibration helps maintain the high-quality image output associated with Dexis sensors.
  • Proper calibration ensures that the resulting X-ray images accurately represent the patient's oral anatomy, thus supporting accurate diagnoses.

How to calibrate your sensors:

  1. Place the Dexis sensor calibration device, if applicable, in the sensor holder or position it as instructed by Dexis.
  2. In the Dexis software, navigate to the "Calibration" section.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to start the calibration process. This usually involves taking a series of blank images.
  4. The software will automatically adjust the sensor settings based on these images.
  5. Once the calibration process is complete, the software will provide a confirmation message.
  6. Ensure that the calibration process is completed successfully and verify that the software confirms the calibration status.

Step 1: Start up the Sensors

Let's get started! Here's how to get things up and running:

  1. Prepare Dexis Sensors: Ensure that the Dexis sensors or Dexis-compatible intraoral cameras are clean and free from debris. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance.
  2. Ensure Sensor Connection: Connect the Dexis sensor or intraoral camera to the computer or workstation using the appropriate connection cables, if required. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper connection.
  3. Open Dexis Software: Launch the Dexis imaging software on the computer or workstation. Then, enter your login credentials to access the software.
  4. Select Sensor Type: Within the Dexis software, select the appropriate sensor or intraoral camera type that corresponds to the one being used. This ensures proper communication between the software and the sensor.

Step 2: Prepare the Patient

Next, you'll want to prepare the patient for imaging:

  1. Explain the procedure and position them comfortably.
  2. Position the Dexis sensor or intraoral camera correctly in the patient's mouth, ensuring proper alignment for capturing the desired radiographs.

Step 3: Capture the Image

Now let's capture the image.

  • Attach the sensor to the USB cable and connect it to your computer.
  • Open the Dexis software, navigate to the "Acquire" tab.
  • Select the appropriate imaging settings (e.g., exposure, contrast, image size).
  • Place the sensor in the patient's mouth, following correct positioning based on the type of radiograph you're capturing.
  • Capture the digital radiographs by activating the image capture function within the Dexis software. Follow the software prompts or device instructions for capturing images.
  • The image should appear on the screen within a few seconds

Step 4: Image Review and Quality Control

Time for review!

  1. Review the captured digital radiographs within the Dexis software to ensure proper image quality, clarity, and diagnostic information.
  2. If necessary, adjust image settings (e.g., brightness, contrast) within the Dexis software to enhance image quality.
  3. Perform a quality control check to verify that the captured images meet the required standards for diagnostic purposes.

Step 5: Post-Use Cleaning and Care

After using the sensor, it's important to clean and care for it to maintain its functionality and lifespan.

  1. Remove the protective sheath and dispose of it properly.
  2. Clean the sensor using a disinfectant wipe, as recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Store the sensor in a safe and dry place when not in use.

Step 6: Data Management and Archiving

Be sure to continually manage data gathered using Dexis:

  1. Organize and manage the captured digital radiographs within the Dexis software by assigning them to the appropriate patient's record or file.
  2. Follow your dental practice's protocols for archiving and backing up the digital radiographs to ensure proper data storage and retrieval.

Step 7: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for regular maintenance and calibration of Dexis sensors.

If encountering any issues or anomalies with the Dexis sensor or imaging process, consult the Dexis software documentation, manufacturer's support, or authorized technical support for troubleshooting assistance.

Processes in the Dexis Software

Adding New Patients

Dexis is designed to keep track of patient histories, and the first step is adding new patients to the system.

  1. Click on the "Patient" tab and select "New Patient".
  2. Fill out the necessary fields such as first name, last name, and patient ID.
  3. Click on the "Save" button to save the new patient information.

Taking X-rays

Taking digital X-rays is a fundamental function in Dexis.

  1. Attach the digital sensor to the computer via USB and ensure it's recognized by the software.
  2. Select the type of X-ray (bitewing, periapical, etc.) and position the sensor in the patient's mouth as per normal protocol.
  3. Click the "Acquire" button to capture the X-ray.
  4. Adjust the X-ray image as needed using the enhancement tools.

Saving and Labeling X-rays

Once an X-ray is taken, it's important to save and label it correctly for easy retrieval.

  1. Click on the "Save" button after taking the X-ray.
  2. Label the X-ray with the correct tooth number and view type.
  3. Associate the X-ray with the correct patient record.

Viewing X-rays

Viewing X-rays is made simple with Dexis’s user-friendly interface.

  1. Navigate to the patient's record and click on the "Image" tab.
  2. Select the X-ray you wish to view.
  3. Use the available tools to zoom, rotate, adjust brightness and contrast, and annotate as necessary.

Exporting X-rays

In some cases, you may need to export X-rays to share with patients or other healthcare providers.

  1. Select the image you want to export.
  2. Click on the "File" tab and choose "Export".
  3. Choose the desired file format (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) and save location.
  4. Click on the "Export" button.

Cleaning and Maintenance

To ensure the longevity of the Dexis system, proper cleaning and maintenance are required.

  1. Clean the digital sensor after each patient use following the manufacturer's guidelines.
  2. Regularly update the Dexis software to ensure optimal performance.
  3. Regularly backup patient data to prevent loss of valuable information.

Tips for Using Dexis

Keys to Success

Using Dexis effectively can greatly improve the efficiency of your dental practice and the experience of your patients. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this system:

  • Understand Sensor Sizes: Dexis sensors come in different sizes. Be sure you know which one is appropriate for each patient (children, adults) and each type of radiograph (bitewings, periapicals, etc.).
  • Use Proper Placement: Proper sensor placement is crucial for obtaining good-quality images. Take the time to position the sensor accurately within the patient's mouth and use positioning aids if necessary.
  • Master Image Enhancement Tools: Dexis comes with a variety of image enhancement tools. Spend some time learning how to use these effectively. They can significantly improve your ability to diagnose and communicate with patients.
  • Protect Your Sensors: Sensors can be expensive to replace. Always use protective sheaths and handle them with care to prolong their lifespan. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Leverage Integration Features: If your practice management software integrates with Dexis, be sure to leverage this feature. It can greatly improve your workflow and efficiency.
  • Regular Software Updates: Ensure that your Dexis software is always up to date. Regular updates often provide improved features, bug fixes, and enhanced security measures.
  • Regular Backups: Given the importance of the data stored in Dexis, it's crucial to have a regular backup schedule. Data loss can be disastrous in a dental practice.
  • Training: Ensure that all team members who will use Dexis receive thorough training, and create a culture where it's okay to ask questions and share tips and tricks. The more comfortable your team is with the software, the more smoothly your practice will run.
  • Use for Patient Education: Utilize the high-quality images from Dexis to educate your patients about their oral health. This can improve patient understanding and acceptance of treatment plans.

Remember, the more you use Dexis, the more comfortable you'll become with its features and the more efficiently you'll be able to operate within your dental practice.

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