Small dental films can be processed manually or automatically.
Standard manual processing tanks for veterinary radiographs need
special film hangers for small dental films. A chair-side developer
is available, which is a light proofed fibreglass box that enables
films to be developed in the operating room.
It contains small pots of developer, water and fixer. Results are
available in less than one minute. A similar result can be achieved
with jam jars in the darkroom.
Many automatic developing machines will not take small dental film.
One unit, the VELOPEX EXTRA-X, uses belts, in addition to
rollers, and is suitable for the development of small films.
Rinn chairside hand processing unit
Velopex automatic processor belts
and rollers allowing processing of small dental films