The X-Ray Department
One of the essential additions to V the modern dental office is the X-ray machine. This can be made productive if the Assistant takes the pictures and develops them without interruption of the dentist's time. The Assistant should thoroughly understand the construction and operation of the X-ray machine and should be informed upon such points as focus, angles, and how to avoid distortions in the film. She should also be familiar with darkroom technique which today is much simplified, and know how to develop films from start to finish.
Most of the X-ray work can be done away from the dental chair, enabling the dentist to go on with his work. X-ray pictures are no more difficult to get than good kodak pictures.
Careful attention, however, must be given to the correct technique preparation of developer, temperature, time and washing.
Do not guess at any operation in the dark room, for in this way many otherwise good pictures are ruined.
Learn, from the manufacturer's representative how to ground your machine, what the spark gap is and how to avoid any possible chance of shock to patient and operator.
Real Service means treating the patient as we would like to be, treated.