Belmont celebrates its 60th anniversary, explaining what it currently stands for and what its products can do.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Belmont’s presence in the UK, having been the head office for its European operations since 1959. During that time, the company ethos has never changed – every new product must improve both the patient and operator’s experience. The design and functionality of the company’s treatment centres has evolved hugely during this time, but a prerequisite for each new model has been sound engineering and profound design.
Their flagship Cleo II features a unique folding leg rest, which has a much smaller footprint than a conventional chair and is also far more familiar in design to patients, and thereby less intimidating for them. For those requiring the flexibility of an ambidextrous unit, there’s either the TBcompass or the Voyager III. With Belmont treatment centres, you also have a huge array of colours from which to choose, so you can co-ordinate perfectly with the rest of your interior!
The same exacting standards also apply to the Belmont’s X-ray equipment. Their latest innovation is the Belmont Touch, a new touchscreen X-ray. Despite its technology being advanced, the product couldn’t be simpler to use. The easy-clean screen produces instant error code reports and has multi-lingual functionality. It also switches into ‘sleep mode’ to conserve energy and contains a USB port and handheld exposure switch, which can be wall mounted. Belmont Touch is also aesthetically appealing and has a zero-drift scissor-arm, which means it can be neatly stowed away against the wall when not in use.
Belmont Touch is compatible with any type of digital imaging system. Not only does it reduce the soft X-rays absorbed by the tissues, making it safer and more reassuring for patients, but the tube voltage, current and exposure time can all be selected according to the individual clinical need, helping to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation.
Offering a minimum exposure time of just 0.01 seconds, the Belmont Touch pre-programmed timer is selectable for digital systems and two different types of films. A total of 16 film speeds are available and the lightweight, compact, easy-to-hold tube head enables the operator to align the tube accurately every time for re-producible, high contrast, crisp radiographs with excellent image quality.
Belmont equipment is renowned for its robust engineering. No wonder, it’s so popular in dental schools. Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Hospital Foundation Trust have recently upgraded and opened a fully refurbished, state-of-the-art undergraduate outpatient dental clinic using Belmont’s Cleo model, providing patients with a high quality, modern clinical experience and giving students across the undergraduate dental curriculum unprecedented opportunity to use cutting-edge technology and facilities to develop their clinical and operative skills.