Korean J Oral Maxillofac Radiol.  2003 Mar;33(1):21-26.

Study on the characteristics of Insight dental x-ray film

  • 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Korea. eebydo@wonkwang.ac.kr
  • 2Wonkwang Dental Research Institute, Korea.


To investigate the characteristics of the newly marketed, Insight dental X-ray film. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kodak Ultraspeed (DF-58), E-speed, Agfa Dentus M2, and Kodak Insight (IP-21) films were radiographed using a Trophy intra-oral radiographic machine. 10 step exposure times were prepared and each step exposure was monitored using a FH 40G (ESM Eberline Instruments) dosimeter for each of the 4 types of intra-oral film. All films were manually processed and the radiographic densities at 6 sites of each processed film were measured, and the characteristic curves of each of the 4 types intra-oral films were created utilizing these dosimetric data and radiographic densities, based on ISO 5779. The film contrast, speed, and base plus fog density of Insight film were compared with those of the 3 other films examined in this experiment. RESULTS: E-speed film showed greatest average gradients followed by Insight film. E-speed and Ultraspeed film showed great average gradients at low density levels. Insight film showed the fastest speed followed by E-speed, Dentus M2 and Ultraspeed film. Dentus M2 film showed greatest base plus fog density level followed by Insight film. CONCLUSION: Kodak Insight film showed fastest film speed with comparable film contrast on characteristic curve.


x-ray film; film dosimetry

MeSH Terms

Film Dosimetry
X-Ray Film*
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