Computer - Any new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, & Mac Pro. For Quick Ceph Office we recommend a screen size of 15" with a resolution of 1080p or larger.
macOS - All macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.12 Sierra, and 10.11 El Capitan systems are supported by Quick Ceph Studio and Quick Ceph Office. QCServer must run on macOS 10.11 Yosemite or greater.
Processor - Core i9, i7, or i5. (Core2Duo's also work but will be noticeably slower)
Memory (RAM) - A minimum of 4GB of RAM is required, 8GB or more is recommended. We recommend 16GB or more for running QCServer.
Monitor - Flat Panel LCD Display.
Printer - High Resolution Color Photo Printer.
Digital Camera - Any Digital Camera with a resolution of 3 Megapixels or higher.
Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner
Digital X-Ray Machine or CBCT Scanner
Wall-mounted light box with built-in slave flash (for color photography)
Media card reader (for digital camera memory cards
Recommended Equipment Retailer
Note about Apple Stores: Apple has established a chain of retail stores staffed with very knowledgeable employees. You can visit a local Apple store for computer purchases or questions regarding Apple products. You can test drive the computer of your choice in the store before you buy it. Please visit the following web site for a location or locations near you.
Apple also provides business accounts for small and large business owners. With a business account you will receive ordering assistance for your business needs and possibly be provided with a business discount. Please visit the following website for details about an Apple business account.
Note about macOS Upgrades
We strongly encourage all users to wait for our go-ahead before performing major operating system upgrades. In many business settings, new operating systems are not used for several months because of their tendency to cause problems with third-party software and peripherals. While this may seem excessively conservative, it is a safe approach to ensure that all your software and hardware are compatible before upgrading.
Note about Backup Methods
It is vital to backup patient files from your hard disk regularly (a daily backup is suggested). Mac OS X includes an excellent backup system called Time Machine. To implement Time Machine, connect a FireWire or USB hard disk into your Mac. The first time you connect a new hard disk, you will be asked if you wish to use this drive for backup. If selected, Time Machine will begin to periodically backup all of the selected data to this drive as long as it is connected to the machine. If you need to retrieve a recently lost file (i.e., the file is accidentally deleted), Time Machine can access previously backed up time points to locate the file. This program works best with larger hard drives, as it allows you to search farther into the past for lost or undamaged files. We currently recommend using at least a 500GB backup drive to take advantage of this powerful software. Once Time Machine is finished backing up the drive, you can choose to take the drive off-site as a preventative measure.
For offsite backup we recommend using Backblaze. They are a third party backup service which we have used for many years for most of our practice management customers. They provide unlimited cloud backup of one computer for $50 a year. The cloud backup will run each night between specified hours and will send you a daily email confirmation on your backup status. You can learn more at the following website.
Note about Purchasing High Resolution Color Photo Printers
The state of inkjet printers is always in flux, with new models appearing every few months. Since the models may change, we recommend reading the latest printer reviews from such publications as CNET, PCWorld, PC Magazine, and MacWorld.
In our experience, Canon, Epson, and HP printers seem to work the best. When purchasing an inkjet printer, please note that many do not come standard with a USB printer cable. These may need to be purchased separately.
Wall Mounted Light Box with Built-In Slave Flash
We recommend using a slave flash to illuminate the background on extraoral photographs. The slave flash is mounted behind the patient. When taking photographs, the camera's primary flash triggers the sensor on the slave flash, which sends light to the background. The result is that slave flash eliminates any shadows created by the primary flash on the camera for profile and frontal images.
There are many methods of mounting a slave flash in your office, including using a tripod or mounting it on the ceiling. One of the more popular methods is to use a wall mounted light box with built-in slave flash. This setup has the slave flash recessed in a cabinet behind a white or colored plexiglass screen. There are a few companies that sell these boxes.
You can also build a box of your own and include the Morris 120V AC Super Slave flash. This flash requires a mount and socket, and is designed for 120V sockets. These slave flashes can be purchased at many camera stores and mail order companies.
If you have several stations set up in your office, we recommend networking your computers. All new Macintosh computers come with a built-in Ethernet port or Wi-Fi. Please have a technician setup your computer network or contact us for further assistance.
Warranties and Repairs
Optional warranty packages are available through most vendors. It is recommended to ask about these options. Please keep in mind that most manufacturers already include a one year warranty. Therefore, before the end of that first year, you can then choose to purchase additional warranties.
Keep all original manufacturer boxes for possible equipment repairs and returns. Most vendors will not accept a return if it is not in the original packaging or box.