95 percent of U.S. dental schools today have incorporated Kodak InSight Intraoral Dental Film into their radiology training curricula, Kodak recently announced. As a result, the majority of today's U.S. dental students will graduate with clinical experience with the film, which lets dentists reduce radiation dosage to the lowest level possible of any intraoral X-ray film currently on the market.
Radiology department heads cite a number of reasons for selecting InSight Film over other available intraoral X-ray films, including the film's quality, its ability to reduce radiation exposures and the need to prepare students for the film they are most likely to use after graduation.
"We teach our students that they should keep radiation exposure levels as low as possible," said Debra Gander, DDS, MS, director of oral radiology clinic and radiation safety officer for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Dentistry. "Because it is a very fast film, Kodak InSight Film gives our students practical experience in applying what we teach." Gander added that after switching to InSight Film from the E-Speed film the clinic used previously, the students were able to reduce radiation exposures to their patients by a third.
Gander also noted the importance of image quality in her school's decision to use InSight Film. "There are other intraoral X-ray films available, but we chose Kodak InSight Film in particular because it is reliable in addition to being the fastest film on the market. The research we've seen indicates that the film has excellent diagnostic quality. We've been very pleased with how it performs in our clinic."