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ring flashes are currently available from digislave... david l. morel www.themorels.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Gabe <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, August 22, 1999 7:14 PM Subject: Re: Epson use in dental offices > Jim, > > Most (or at least all the medical/dental I have had experience with) cameras for > use in the medical field are ones with a ring flash. This type of flash unit > usually surround the lens being used and is made of one single circular flash > tube or several flash tubes/bulbs. This gives an even coverate lighting that > eliminates most shadows. I have yet to see a ring flash setup for digital > cameras other than ones for the very high end SLR digital cameras (like the > Nikon/Kodak or the Fujix) that are like the 35mm counterparts that can attach to > the lens and are activated from the camera's hot shoe. > > The off-center flash units of non-medical use (consumer) digital cameras may not > light correctly, not light at all or give very unflattering or deceiving images > that are not representative of the subject area being photographed. Room > lighting (from fluorecent which is greenish and incandecent which is > yellowish/redish) for most cases will not do as many times in medical issues the > color of the site photographed is the key concern for diagnosis (unless you are > doing this out in natural light and can use reflectors/difusers to get good > accurate results). These should be the first concern of the medical > professional. > > Second is the longivity issue as pointed out in a previous reply post. The > various forms (such as carbon or carbonless forms), as well as other medically > related items associated with medical/dental office environments off-gas > chemicals that can definitely degrade, destablize dyes and stain prints used for > recording patient injuries and repairs, etc. Even medical professional laspes > of handling proceedures (such as not washing hands after using/mixing compounds > or chemicals/drugs/instuments and handling prints or forms that are or will be > in contact with prints) can do it's damage. > > I see an alternative to using inkjet prints, and that is using a Polaroid > digital printer, which takes the digital info and prints it out onto Polaroid > instant prints. This way if the medical professional uses a digital camera > solution that records the image accurately (be it using a ring flash solution or > not) they can then print out a hard copy, keep the digital info copy for their > records (which can be more than just the one image used for the hard copy since > 1's and 0's are cheap to store) and for very short term use print an inkjet > enlargement if they so choose. This solution gives the medical professional and > the other entities (insurance co's, hospitals, lawyers, patients, etc) the > longevity of traditional photographic images with the flexablility of digital > media and outputs. > > Gabe > > Jim Osmundson wrote: > > > Has anyone had experience with a digital camera and an Epson Photo Stylus in > > a dental office? One of my dental marketing clients wants to get away from > > the expensive Polaroid set up she is using to send along a 4" x 6" picture > > to the insurance companies for claims purposes. > > > > My experience so far with digital cameras is that to get one that can handle > > a good macro lens one is in the $5,000 and up range which is much more than > > her present Polaroid set up. No doubt the Epson printer would give a nice > > graphic rendering once the file is downloaded into their Mac. > > > > Any thoughts on equipment actually in use would be appreciated. > > > > Jim > > -- > ************************************* > How do I set my Laser printer on stun? > > Gabe Lopez > http://www.annex.com/glopez > ************************************* > > > - > Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. > http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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