TV Screens in Dental Practices

With the all the advancements in technology, it is amazing where one can install TV and display screens these days.

Over the past two days we had the opportunity to upgrade the TV installations at the surgery of one of our long standing dental clients, Dr Peet van der Vyfer. It’s been his 5th upgrade over the past 10 years. Dr van der Vyfer is an expert in his field who pays high attention to detail and works with and expects nothing but the best.  We joked about filling every space of white wall in his surgery with LED display screens, as we installed the 5th screen one of the surgery rooms.

This kind of installation is challenging as picture quality and positioning of the screens is critical, while taking the following into account:

  • The environment is closely packed with expensive medical equipment
  • Time to work needs to be scheduled when the surgery is available
  • It is a hygienic environment and needs to be kept clean
  • Quality of picture is essential
  • Screens need to be viewed at critical positions based on equipment layout and positions of people
  • The interfacing with all the video feeds from the various pieces of equipment

The screens are set-up to view the following:

Screen 1: On the ceiling above the patient’s head

  • Patients can view their favourite show while they undergo a procedure. Cartoon Network for kids is a winner for nervous children.
  • Patients can see via the microscope camera what needs to be done in their mouths or they can watch their procedure in HD quality.

Screen 2: Opposite the lab assistant

  • The same view from the microscope camera is used by the dental assistant to follow the procedure and remain ready to assist the dentist.

Screen 3: Opposite the dentist – on the wall above the patient’s feet

  • Display news or other programs to keep the dentist up to date with current events
  • Display photos or videos to patients when they are sitting upright

Screen 4: On the wall behind the dentist’s head

  • For training purposes in the surgery students are able to watch the procedure live in HD while listening to the dentist’s commentary.

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By Robin Kolberg

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