PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | FALL 2016
By: Jerry Peck
Forty years ago I started my training at the University of Pacific under the supervision of Dr. James Campbell. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined how the technology would change over the next 40 years. During this period CORLA, now the AADMRT, have made outstanding contributions to improving photographic and radiographic imaging. We have worked directly with manufacturers to help them improve their products.
In 1992 many of us worked with Gendex and ScanX to help reduce x-ray exposure when taking intra-oral radiographs; which also eliminated the processing chemicals in our offices. In 2001 NewTom introduced the first CBCT and two years later i-Cat introduced its machine. Our members worked very closely with both manufacturers helping them to improve their machines. We have provided suggestions to Dolphin, Simplant, Nobel, iDent, Anatomage and OnDemand 3D which helped them improve their software.
Forty years ago we were using a black and white Graflex 4X5 camera to obtain our orthodontic records and a Quint Sectograph for linear tomography. These two pictures make me feel dated and clearly demonstrate how much imaging has changed.
I want to thank Craig Dial for the time he spent in organizing our Fall meeting “The Ever Changing Face of Imaging.” The speakers were fantastic and the information was invaluable. This meeting clearly demonstrated why every Dental Laboratory Technician (DLXT) and Certificated Radiographic Technologist (CRT) involved in our field should be a member of the AADMRT.
If you’re not a current member you should join today. It has been a pleasure to be involved with the AADMRT for over thirty years. A group will always accomplish more than a single individual.
As the holidays approach, I would like to wish everyone a healthy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. I look forward to seeing all of you at our next annual meeting, where we will continue to share our knowledge and experiences in dental radiographic imaging.