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Karmanos takes delivery of digital, panoramic X-ray machine for oral, head and neck cancer patients

Dr. Lynne Moseley is pictured with a monitor that displays a digital dental image produced by the Planmeca ProOne, which has replaced old X-ray equipment in Karmanos’ Dental Oncology Clinic.


Karmanos’ Dental Oncology Clinic staff has been instrumental in getting the Planmeca ProOne digital X-ray machine up and running. Pictured are Lynne Moseley, D.D.S.; John Micallef, director of Imaging Services in the Radiology Department; dental assistant Donna Salinas; and Jim Robinson, practice analyst in Radiology.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has taken delivery of a new digital X-ray machine in the Dental Oncology Clinic. The Planmeca ProOne supplies panoramic views of patients’ mandibles and other dentomaxillofacial anatomy in less than 19 seconds.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has taken delivery of a new digital X-ray machine in the Dental Oncology Clinic. Staff has been trained on the machine and it is now operational.

The Planmeca ProOne, manufactured by intraoral radiographic imaging company Planmeca, supplies panoramic views of patients’ mandibles and other dentomaxillofacial anatomy in less than 19 seconds. It is used on patients with oral, head and neck cancers.

“Being able to capture digital images with this new machine is a considerable time savings and reduction of the patient’s exposure to radiation compared to conventional radiography,” said John Micallef, director of Imaging Services within Karmanos’ Radiology Department. “The imaging software will allow the clinic to view, enhance and archive images, which will aid in detecting the presence of abnormal tissue growth, bone destruction and pathologic fractures in patients due to cancer.”

Micallef added that the machine provides an excellent level of detail and is a safer machine to use. It replaces dated technology in the clinic.

Karmanos took delivery of the machine in March. Those responsible for getting the machine up and running include Micallef, Karmanos dentist Lynne Moseley, D.D.S., dental assistant Donna Salinas, Jim Robinson, practice analyst in Radiology, and David Winstrand, PACS analyst in Radiology.

Karmanos’ Dental Oncology Clinic serves several hundred patients per year.

“The Dental Clinic provides a very important service to our cancer patients who are dealing with dental issues,” Dr. Moseley said.

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