You can quickly acquire an image for the teeth that are selected on a patient's clinical chart.
To acquire an image
Use the Patient Search box to access a patient's record.
If the last patient record you accessed since you last logged on is the correct patient's record, you do not need to re-enter the patient's name in the Patient Search box.
You can include inactive patients in the search results by setting the Include inactive patients switch to On.
On the Patient menu, under Clinical, click (or tap) Chart.
The patient's clinical record opens with the Chart tab selected.
Select one or more teeth.
Do one of the following:
If you have selected teeth for a periapical image, on the Imaging tab's menu, click (or tap) PA Quick acquire.
The options to acquire an image become available. Skip steps 5 - 8.
On the Imaging tab's menu, click (or tap) Acquire images.
The options for acquiring images become available. Proceed to step 5.
Under Imaging Procedures, either leave the Default tab selected, or click (or tap) the Custom tab.
Note: Custom imaging procedures are location specific.
Select the procedure that you want to perform (an intraoral periapical or bitewing X-ray image).
The options for the selected procedure become available.
Under Billing Options, set up the following options:
Apply charges - To post the fee for the selected procedure (such as D0220 for a periapical image), select the check box. To post a zero amount for the procedure, clear the check box.
Bill to insurance - Specify whether you want to bill or not bill the patient's insurance carrier for the procedure by selecting or clearing the check box, respectively.
Provider - Select the provider who you want to associate with the procedure.
Under Task to Perform, on the Acquire Images tab, select the desired device in the Available Devices button pop-up list if it is not already selected.
For the complete list of acquisition devices that are supported by Dentrix Ascend Imaging, see the "Supported Acquisition Devices" section.
The first time you attempt to use an intraoral camera with Dentrix Ascend Imaging on any computer, when a message from the browser appears and asks if you want to allow the browser to have access to the camera, allow it.
Click (or tap) Proceed with Acquisition to start acquiring an image for the corresponding acquisition type.
Note: A phantom, test target, and/or another non-human object should be X-rayed when installing or using any image acquisition device for the first time in Dentrix Ascend Imaging to verify proper operation prior to use on live patients.
The selected acquisition device begins initializing.
Then, the X-ray sensor begins arming.
Then, the X-ray sensor becomes ready for exposure.
If you need to change the selected acquisition device, select the correct device on the Available Devices for Procedure list.
In the Automatically Apply Enhancement list, select the type of enhancement that you want to have applied automatically to the image that will be acquired (Entire Image, For Perio, For Endo), or select Not Enhanced to not apply any enhancement.
Note: When viewing an image after it has been acquired, you can turn the enhancement off and on. The original, raw image is preserved. For more information about enhancements and turning them on and off, see the "Processing images" section.
Position the sensor in the patient's mouth, and align your X-ray source cone to point at the sensor, utilizing the paralleling or bisecting angle techniques. Set the appropriate exposure time on your X-ray source's control panel for the specific imaging device in use, and then trigger the radiation emission, which initiates the capture of the X-ray image. (Refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer of your X-ray source for details about changing settings and usage.)
Note: Radiation from an X-ray source initiates the imaging device (sensor) to capture an image, and this is controlled by someone triggering the X-ray source. The Dentrix Ascend Imaging program does not directly control the X-ray source or exposure settings.
Then, the resulting image is saved to the patient's record.
Then, a preview of the image appears.
Click (or tap) Finish Acquisition.
If any images fail to upload, a message appears and provides the option for you to recover the images. Click (or tap) Recover Images to begin the recovery process.