By: 16 December 2013

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have recently taken delivery of a Planmeca ProOne direct digital panoral X-ray unit from Gloucestershire-based medical equipment supplier Xograph Healthcare.

The installation of the ProOne follows a report stating that over 10,000 people in Devon and Cornwall have received dental treatment from students at Plymouth University under the supervision of qualified dentists.

The students, from Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), have had the quality of their treatment described as “first rate” and a “positive contribution to dental care in the region”. Another positive contribution to dental care, the Planmeca ProOne, is a state-of-the-art fully digital panoral X-ray unit which has been installed in the Accident and Emergency department. Complete with the most commonly requested imaging programs, the ProOne’s very compact size makes it the ideal choice for inclusion in an Accident & Emergency X-ray room where other X-ray equipment already exists or is to be installed. The patient-friendly positioning method found in Planmeca units means that trauma patients do not have to look at their injuries in a mirror but can instead look out into the room where the user is able to accurate position and keep in constant eye contact for clear communication and patient reassurance.

Julie Collins, Superintendent Radiographer at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, commented: “We have been using the ProOne for some time now and were pleasantly surprised by it. Patient positioning has never been this easy and the images are of very high quality. Xograph were very helpful throughout the process and the unit came fully assembled so we were able to use it almost immediately.”

Paul Andrews, Commercial Manager at Xograph Healthcare said: “We are very pleased to be able to assist with enhancements to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s dental and trauma imaging facilities. I am confident that the ProOne will continue to provide significant benefits for the imaging staff and their patients for many years to come.”