AusCham is delighted to confirm that the AusViet Charity Foundation shall be the beneficiary of funds raised from the Grand Final Scrambles 2016.

AusViet Charity Foundation Limited, an AusCham Member, is a non-profit charity organisation in Australia, established in 2015. It is registered with the Australian Charity and Non-profit Commission (ACNC).

It is also recognised by the Vietnamese Government as a Vietnamese NGO and has conducted field trip to Nghe An Province just last month (August 2016 – click here for full details).  Australian volunteers together with Vietnamese volunteers performed cataract operations, dental treatments, general medical examinations and delivery of food parcels for poor people in that area. All volunteers covered their own costs for travel, accommodations and meals.

AusViet applied for AusCham’s Charity funds in order to purchase a dental digital X-ray sensor (an EZ Sensor P) which will be loaned to the Saigon Charity Dental team to support its work.

 

EZ sensorWhy a Dental Digital X-ray Sensor?

X-ray is an essential diagnostic tool in dentistry because It allows dentists to see the anatomy of the teeth (e.g. root morphology), surrounding structure (supporting bone), disease progression and therefore help the dentist to determine which is the best treatment for the current situation.  For example, before extraction of a badly decayed tooth, the dentist needs to know the anatomy of the root (curved or straight), shape (conical or straight), number of the roots and the proximity to others anatomical structure i.e. the nerve or vascular bundle. This cannot be done with normal direct visual.

The advantage of a digital sensor compared with a conventional X-ray film is:

  1. Picture is immediately processed and available to view whereas film takes time to be developed. In a charity mission, we treat hundreds of patients a day, so time is important.
  2. Less radiation is needed to produce the same quality image as film (digital X-rays give 70 per cent less exposure to radiation than conventional X-rays).  Patient is exposed to less radiation
  3. The digital image can be enhanced (such as altering brightness and contrast) with a series of processing techniques.
  4. Digital archiving—the ability to store images on a computer for future reference.
  5. Digital radiography produces larger photos to better source hard-to-see cavities.
  6. Digital radiography, though expensive to buy initially, is cheaper and more environmentally friendly in the long run and less environmentally damaging because no fixed or developing solutions to be disposed of.
  7. Portability – imaging studies can easily be viewed in the cloud and/or transferred to a different dentist via CD if needed. Image can also be view on portable laptops and therefore it is very convenient for us when we treat patients in remote location.

The Digital X-ray sensor is a critical diagnostic tool in dental treatment, In Australia it is standard technology in dental care.

An EZ Sensor P X-rays for use in dental charity works  cost approximately USD2,835.

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